Incorrect salad recall canceled due to laboratory error

The previously recalled product. (RIDOH)

CONCORD, N.H. (WLNE) — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced that a laboratory error incorrectly led to the recall of lēf Farms “Spice” Packaged Salad Greens.

The recall was issued on May 5 due to possible E.coli contamination, and the affected products were sold in Hannaford and Market Basket stores in several states including Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Upon subsequent testing, the New Hampshire DHHS found that initial lab results were inaccurate due to a contamination error within the lab itself.

“I wish to apologize to lēf Farms, their customers and the public for this unfortunate event,” Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Director Tricia Tilley said. “lēf Farms’ quick and decisive actions put the health of their customers first. Their products are safe for consumers. We appreciate that lēf Farms has been a willing partner in this process.”

The products will return to store shelves and consumers no longer need to discard or seek refunds for previously purchased products.

“DHHS is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to confirm the source of the contamination and will implement necessary protocol changes to ensure it is not repeated,” the department said.

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