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Lettuce sold in Carolinas recalled for possible contamination

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two types of bagged romaine lettuce sold in the Carolinas have been recalled.

On Tuesday, Publix recalled its 10-ounce plastic bags of Publix Hearts of Romaine (Chopped Hearts of Romaine) due to possible Listeria contamination.

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

"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.

Borus said no illnesses have been reported in connection with the lettuce. Consumers who  purchased the products in question may return it to their local store for a full refund.

On Thursday, Fresh Express Incorporated voluntarily recalled a limited quantity of expired 18-ounce Hearts of Romaine salad as a precaution due to a possible health risk. The recalled bags had the expired Use-by Date of Sept. 26 and Product Code H256808.

The recalled lettuce was sold primarily in the Midwest and northeast, but was also sold in North Carolina.

Fresh Express said no complaints have been reported, but they issued the recall when a random sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers with questions about either recall may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472 or the Publix Customer Care Center at 800-242-1227.

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