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Publix Recalls Chopped Hearts of Romaine Lettuce

Nothing is left on the grocer's shelves, but the company wants to warn customers who may have some left in the refrigerator.

Publix Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall for 10-ounce plastic bags of Publix Hearts of Romaine (Chopped Hearts of Romaine) due to the fact that they may be adulterated with Lysteria monocytogenes.

Ready Pac is the private supplier of the private label product for the company, the news release said. The UPC found on the back right hand corner of the package is 41415 03886.

"No illnesses have been reported up to date in connection with the hearts of romaine," said Maria Borus, Publix media and community relations director.

Publix was notified of the contamination from the US Food and Drug Administration after a routine sample collection. The product was distributed to Publix stores between Sept. 8 through Sept. 20 in select Florida counties, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Consumption of 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. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

"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," Borus said.

Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call out Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227 or by visit our websites at www.publix.com. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-800-723-3366).

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