OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded a warning asking the public not to consume certain brands of bagged salad over possible listeria contamination.

On Saturday, a warning was issued over certain Compliments brand salads and prepared foods.

Now they have issued a warning for the public, as well as various importers, distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeteria, hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume various River Ranch Fresh Foods and Sysco Natural salads because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following River Ranch products are affected by this expanded alert:

  • River Ranch     American Style Iceberg & Romaine     340 g     45388 60042
  • River Ranch     Classic Garden     454 g     45388 60002
  • River Ranch     Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix     454 g     45388 10046
  • River Ranch     Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix     12 x 1 lb.     8438798
  • River Ranch     Chopped Iceberg w/Color     6 x 2 lb.     1675602
  • River Ranch     Chopped Iceberg w/Color     4 x 5 lb.     1675602
  • River Ranch     Chopped Lettuce     4 x 5 lb.     N / A
  • River Ranch     Chopped Romaine     6 x 2 lb.     45388-880
  • River Ranch     Chopped Romaine w/ Liner     6 x 2 lb.     2189819
  • River Ranch     Classic Garden Blend     12 x 1 lb.     4323655
  • River Ranch     Lettuce Separate Salad     4 x 5 lb.     N/A
  • River Ranch     Shred Grn Cabbage     4 x 5 lb.     N/A
  • River Ranch     Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color     4 x 5 lb.     1675701
  • River Ranch     Shredded Lettuce 1/4     4 x 5 lb.     N / A
  • River Ranch     Shredded Lettuce 1/8     4 x 5 lb.     N / A
  • River Ranch     Shredded Red Cabbage     4 x 5 lb.     1277417
  • River Ranch     Angel Hair     283g     45388 10031 *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Caesar Salad Kit    284 g         45388 60043 *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Chopped Romaine   283 g       45388 88030 *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Iceberg & Romaine American   340 g    45388 60019  *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Italian Salad     283 g         45388 60020 *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Romaine Garden Blend     283 g         45388 60044  *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix    454 g         45388 10046 *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Chopped Iceberg w/Color  6 x 2 lb.       N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Chopped Iceberg w/Color   4 x 5 lb.      N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Chopped Lettuce   4 x 5 lb.             N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Chopped Romaine w/ Liner    6 x 2 lb.          N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Classic Garden Blend  12 x 1 lb.       N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Heritage Blend  1 x 3 lb.                N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Lettuce Separate Salad    4 x 5 lb.           N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color    4 x 5 lb.           N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Shredded Red Cabbage   4 x 5 lb.                 N/A *NEW*
  • River Ranch     Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix  12 x 1 lb.            N/A *NEW*
  • Sysco Natural     Chopped Iceberg     4 x 5 lb.     1675503
  • Sysco Natural     Chopped Iceberg w/Color     4 x 5 lb.     1675602
  • Sysco Natural     Chopped Romaine     6 x 2 lb.     2189819
  • Sysco Natural     Iceberg Salad Mix     4 x 5 lb.     1675586
  • Sysco Natural     Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color     4 x 5 lb.     1675701
  • Sysco Natural     Shredded Iceberg (1/4″)     4 x 5 lb.     1675545
  • Sysco Natural     Shredded Iceberg (1/8″)     4 x 5 lb.     167552


The smaller size retail packages of salads have Best Before dates between 12MAY 2012 – 22MAY 2012. The larger size packages of salads sold to foodservice have Julian dates between 116 – 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the packages.

Those items marked *NEW* are part of the recall expansion announced on May 21. The smaller size retail packages of salads have Best Before dates between 12 MAY 2012 – 29 MAY 2012, while the larger size packages of salads sold to foodservice have Julian dates between 118 – 125.

The CFIA says the products have been distributed nationally.

The importers listed below are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace:

  • FreshPoint Vancouver, Ltd. (B.C.)
  • J.E. Russel Produce Ltd. (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Sysco (Calgary, Alta.)
  • Sysco (Edmonton, Alta.)
  • Sysco (Regina, Sask.)
  • Sysco (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Sysco (Thunder Bay, Ont.)


Click here for more information on this recall.