Buncombe County’s Health Department and national media outlets have reported a recall on Romaine lettuce, distributed by Freshway Foods of Ohio. North Carolina is one of 23 states included in the recall, announced on Friday, May 7, after the potentially deadly bacteria E. coli was found in a sample. Ingles CFO Ron Freeman confirms that all affected products were pulled from stores “as soon as we heard about the recall.”
Nineteen people in Michigan, Ohio and New York have been sickened. No illnesses in North Carolina have been reported or confirmed.
Romaine sold in Ingles’ salad bars and produce departments was not affected, Freeman emphasizes. The recall “was strictly with the grab-and-go salads,” he told Xpress.