It was announced today that California-based River Ranch Fresh Foods has recalled 2,154 cases of bagged salad products because of potential Listeria contamination found after tests by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The recalled products were distributed in Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and sold in various retail supermarkets with “Best By” dates of Oct. 14, 2011. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause food poisoning. There have been no reported illnesses attributed to this recall, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, Listeria has been blamed for 23 deaths in the United States due to bacteria-laden cantaloupes, and has been the cause of other recent lettuce recalls.

The recalled bagged salad products include the following:

• Farmers Market, 8 oz Shredded Iceberg UPC Number 30034-30195
• Farmers Market, 7 oz Parisian Blend UPC Number 30034-30259
• Farmers Market, 9 oz Leafy Romaine UPC Number 30034-30364
• Farmers Market, 12 oz Romaine Garden UPC Number 30034-30220
• Hy-Vee, 8 oz Shredded Iceberg UPC Number 75450-12053
• Hy-Vee, 12 oz American Blend UPC Number 75450-12047
• Hy-Vee, 12 oz Garden Supreme UPC Number 75450-12046
• Hy-Vee, 12 oz Romaine Garden UPC Number 75450-12058

Stay aware and be safe.