Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Publix is voluntarily recalling some of its bagged Romaine lettuce over contamination concerns.
The recall effects 10 ounce plastic bags of Publix brand chopped Heart of Romaine lettuce. The product was sold between September 8 and September 20 in stores across the Southeast, including South Carolina.
The bags have a UPC code of 41415 03886.
The US Food and Drug Administration notified the grocery chain of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes, a type of bacteria that can be particularly harmful.
According to the FDA, eating a product containing Listeria Monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
"While the product is no longer available on store shelves we have issued a voluntary recall because of our commitment to food safety and to advise our customers who may still have this product at home," said Maria Borus, Publix media and community relations director. "No illnesses have been reported up to date in connection with the hearts of romaine."
People who bought the lettuce may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions can call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227 or go to www.publix.com1. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-800-723-3366)."