ICCSD and some surrounding school districts were notified today that River Ranch Fresh Foods, the supplier of ICCSD school lunch lettuce, has called for a voluntary recall of their bagged salads due to a potential Listeria contamination. The school district promptly sent out the following email prompting parents to be concious of any illness within the coming weeks:
The District has been notified that River Ranch Fresh Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of bagged salad because of the potential for Listeria contamination. The recall information can be found on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304718.htm.
The District has pulled any remaining product covered by this recall, but unfortunately the District received notice of this recall after much of the lettuce had been served. Over the course of the last two weeks, the product would have been served to all students who eat lunch provided by the District. Tuesday, May 7, was elementary chef salad day therefore lettuce was offered to all elementary students. Romaine blend is a daily choice in all secondary schools as a fresh vegetable choice and shredded lettuce is used daily in deli sandwiches and as a choice for made to order sub sandwiches (City & West). For schools served by the City High kitchen (Lemme, Lucas, Twain, Wood, Hoover, Longfellow, Tate), chef salad was the only day lettuce was provided as a choice. For schools served by the Northwest Junior High kitchen (Garner, Coralville Central, Kirkwood, Lincoln, Mann, Penn, Shimek, Wickham, Van Allen), Romaine was a choice on 5/14. For schools served by the West High School kitchen (Hills, Horn, Roosevelt, Weber), lettuce was offered 5/11, 14, 16, 18 as one of the menu choices.
The FDA reports that there have been no reported illnesses associated with this recall, but families should read the recall notice and contact health professionals if needed. . It is rare for healthy children to develop the illness. However, if your child has been exposed and they are experiencing any flu like symptoms you should contact your health care provider. Additional information on Listeria can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/.
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Updates to come.