A chain of gas and convenience stores with locations in the Chicago area is voluntarily recalling some salad products because they're potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
Thornton's is recalling its garden salds and chef salads manufactured and distributed by Greencore U.S.A. to select stores in Chicago, Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Evansville, IN, Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN.
The product comes in a black bowl with clear lid and is marked with expiration dates 9/30/2011, 10/2/2011, and 10/3/2011 on the label on the front of the package. The garden salad comes in a 6 oz container and the chef salad comes in a 5.6 oz container.
The potential for contamination was noted when a lot of grape tomatoes revealed the presence of Salmonella. Salads produced for Thorntons contain grape tomatoes from the same lot.
No illnesses have yet been reported.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.