Multi-state Illnesses Reported on Suspect Romaine Lettuce with E. coli

Jan 04

The following is for informational purposes only. Illnesses have been reported in multiple states but no official recall notice has been issued. The CDC continues to monitor to confirm the source of contamination. Royal Food Service has not seen physical evidence of tainted product in its facilities, nor have there been any documented illnesses in Georgia to date.

The Communicable Disease Center and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration are investigating a widespread outbreak of E. coli that is believed to be linked romaine lettuce. At the time of this alert, 17 illnesses were reported between November 15 th through December 8th in the following states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont.

A similar outbreak occurred in Canada traced to romaine lettuce, however, investigation is still in progress and the source has not yet been pinpointed. No official recall notice has been issued by the CDC at the time of this notice. The CDC is continuing its investigation and will provide updates as they become available.

There has been no physical evidence of tainted romaine in Royal Food Service’s facilities. Washed, processed romaine lettuce products are available as a substitute, if desired.

As new information becomes available, we will post it on our web site, through email, and our Facebook Twitter channels. Further information or updates may also be obtained from the CDC web site.

Jack Brown Produce Issues Voluntary Recall on Apples

Dec 20

Royal Food Service has not handled or shipped the product indicated in this alert. No illnesses or deaths have been reported at the time of this alert.

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples that were processed and shipped under the "Apple Ridge" brand name between Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, 2017.

The products were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Voluntary Recall on Cilantro from NewStar

Dec 19

Royal Food Service was not affected by the specific lots in question and is not involved with the recall.

Please be advised, NewStar is voluntarily withdrawing a single lot of Iceless Cilantro (Lot No. 821-X09) due to possible contamination by low levels (0.001ppm) of Dimethomorph, a fungicide to control mildew. The chemical is believed to have gotten onto the cilantro due to overspray from adjacent alfalfa growing operations. A plan is in place to isolate and destroy the product.

Mann Packing Issues Recall Alert on Cauliflower Florets due to Possible Lysteria Contamination

Oct 19

Royal purchased and handled the product indicated in this recall alert. No illnesses have been reported.

Mann Packing has issued a recall on cauliflower florets because they may be contaminated with Listeria. There have been no illnesses associated with this recall. Even though the affected product is already past the use-by date, if you are still in possession of cauliflower florets from Mann Packing with the use-by and UPC codes listed below, we request that you destroy the product immediately.

Best if used by date: 10/14/2017 or 10/16/2017
UPC Code: 716519020292 or 716519020292

Freshtex Produce Recalls "Valery" Maradol Papayas from Carica de Campeche

Aug 8

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. This information is provided as a public service only.

This recall was initiated after Freshtex Produce’s LLC, was notified by the FDA, on August 4, 2017, that other brands of Maradol Papayas from the farm, Carica de Campeche, had tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers can identify the fresh papayas by the "Valery" name on the box and label grown and packed by Carica de Campeche.

The contaminated Maradol Papayas was distributed to the State of Illinois from July 10 to July 13, 2017. However, the product may have been further distributed outside the state of Illinois.

As of today no illnesses have been reported from the Valery brand of Maradol Papayas but as a precaution the FDA recommended a recall of all Maradol Papayas imported in the month July from the Carica de Campeche farm.

Voluntary Recall of Carlson Orchards Apple Cider Product

Mar 30

Royal Food Service has not handled or purchased the product indicated in this recall alert. This information is provided as a public service only.

Carlson Orchards is voluntarily recalling its 4x128 oz Premium Apple Cider product, produced on 2/22/2017 with a Best-By-Date of 3/24/2017. Currently, the area of distribution of this product is unknown and we have not been notified as to why the product is being recalled. Please contact the manufacturer for further information

Sprouts Extraordinaire Alfalfa Sprouts Voluntary Recall

Aug 5

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert.

Alfalfa sprouts produced by Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver, Colorado are being recalled because the product may be linked to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. The product was sold in 5-lb boxes labeled "Living Alfalfa Sprouts." No other information (pack dates, lot numbers, etc.) associated with this recall are available at this time.

Voluntary Recall: Warren Produce Serrano Peppers

Jul 25

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this information advisory. No information regarding illnesses or deaths is available at the time of this post.

Warren Produce of Edinburg, Texas is issuing a voluntary recall of their Serrano peppers product. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella. At present, there has been no official announcement associated with this recall. At least three lot codes are involved: #115181, #115158, and #115186. There may be others. The distribution area of this recall is not yet known. We will update this report as additional information becomes available.

Club Chef Recalls Processed Onions due to Possible Listeria

Jun 09

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this alert.

Club Chef is recalling Diced Yellow Onions and Sliced Yellow Onions due to possible Listeria contamination. Although details are still forthcoming, here is what we do know.

The products have Use-By Dates of: 6/8/16, 6/9/16, 6/10/16, 6/11/16, 6/12/16, 6/13/16, 6/14/16.

Julian dates: 150, 151, 153, 154

Lot numbers: n/a

Distribution area: n/a

Club Chef began shipping this product on 5/28/16.

We will update this information as soon as it becomes available.

Henry's Farm Issues Voluntary Recall on Soybean Sprouts due to Listeria

Mar 23

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled this product. No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this posting.

Contamination was discovered through surveillance and monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team (RRT), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Food Safety Program and subsequent analysis by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) that revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the products.

The products being recalled are 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled "Natto Soybean Sprouts" "Keep Refrigerated" with a UPC Code of 1303020000 produced on or after March 1, 2016. Also, 10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled "Soy Bean Sprouts" "Keep Refrigerated" produced on or after March 1, 2016.

The items were distributed to retail stores in Virginia and Maryland.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this product, please contact Henry's Farm, Inc., 301-802-2996.

Freshpoint Vancouver Recalls Cantaloupe due to Salmonella

Feb 22

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this post.

Freshpoint Vancouver, Ltd. is recalling Del Monte and Sysco Imperial Fresh brand cantaloupes from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled products described below.

Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected cantaloupes are advised to check with their retailer.

Recalled products

Brand Name

Common Name


Code(s) on Product


Del Monte



Sold up to and incl 2/18/16

PLU 4050

Del Monte

Cantaloupe (cs)


Lot 360012


Sysco Imperial Fresh



Lot 127 12 035 5


What you should do
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

More information
For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

Media enquiries
CFIA Media Relations


Fresh Express Issues Precautionary Recall on Salad due to Undeclared Allergens

Feb 08

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. At the time of reporting, no illnesses had been reported.

Out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Express has issued a product recall on a limited quantity of their chopped romaine salad product due to undeclared allergens. Individual packets of dressing, croutons and parmesan cheese for their Caesar salad product were inadvertently placed into the bagged chopped romaine product. Although ingredients in the individual packets are inside another inner package, and include milk, eggs, wheat and fish, Fresh Express is issuing this recall to protect the well-being and health of consumers who may be at risk to exposure to undeclared allergens.

Illnesses: No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this recall alert.

Recalled Product: Bagged Fresh Express Chopped Romaine
Size: 32 oz
UPC code: 071279261003
Production code: G034A06A
Best if Used by date: Feb. 19, 2016
Distribution: Nationwide U.S.A.
Possible Distribution States: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia

For additional information, please contact Fresh Express at their Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472.

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Fresh Express Issues Recall on Baby Spinach due to Possible Tree Nut Allergen Exposure

Jan 16

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. At the time of its posting, no illnesses had been reported.

Fresh Express is recalling 350 cases of 12 oz. Baby Spinach (undeclared almonds) due to possible tree nut allergen exposure when a portion of a single almond was inadvertently introduced into the production supply. This is an isolated incident.

The Product Code is G010A17A and has a Use-by date of January 24, 2016 which is located in the upper right hand corner on the front of the bag. A UPC code of 0 71279 27111 8 is located on the reverse side of the bag by the bar code. No other Fresh Express salads are included in this recall.

You may find additional information here.

Voluntary Recall on Cucumbers due to Salmonella

Jan 04

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. According to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this recall.

Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, Florida is recalling 174 bulk-packed containers of cucumbers. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious or even fatal infections in small children, frail or elderly people, and those with a weakened immune system. Healthier people may experience fever, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The product was sold to distributors in Florida and Georgia between 12/15/2015 and 12/16/2015. The product is fresh, whole, green cucumbers in 1/9 bushel cardboard boxes with one of the following lot numbers: 1554311JDNK, 1554311HDNK, and 15143115DNK.

In 4' x 4' cardboard bins, the products were packed under the following lot numbers: 1554311-D, 15NKHD-1554311-D, and 15NK5D-1514311-D.

Please contact the Thomas Produce Company regarding any consumer issues at 1-561-482-1111 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Costco Canada Issues Recall of Snap Peas Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

Oct 19

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. Illnesses have been reported.

Costco Canada has issued a recall on Alpine Fresh brand Snap Peas in two-pound packages due the product being possibly linked to a Cyclospora outbreak. The recall only affects Costco locations in Ontario, Canada. The product being recalled has a Best-By date of October 1-29, 2015. The findings were performed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Illnesses have been reported but no details have been provided at this point.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updated information.

Del Monte Fresh Produce Recalls Granny Smith Apples due to Listeria

Oct 15

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this alert.

Del Monte Fresh Produce has issued a voluntary recall on their fresh, green, whole Granny Smith apples due to microbial testing in which Listeria contamination was found. The product was distributed by Coremark and 7-Eleven and sold at convenience stores in the following states: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. The affected apples were sold from October 1st to October 12th.

The product was packaged in 8 apples in a box and in 67 bags of apples in clear plastic bags containing 6 apples each. No additional packing information is available at this time.

At this time, it appears that only product that went through Coremark and 7-Eleven distribution channels were affected. None of the product appears to have been sold to Pro*Act or its distributors. However, Pro*Act is monitoring the situation closely and will update this report if there are changes to the scope of this recall.

Dole Issues Limited Recall on Salads Due to Possible Risk from Salmonella

Oct 14

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this alert.

Dole Fresh Vegetable is recalling a limited number of cases of 8-oz bags of Dole label spinach, coded A27409B & A27409A, with an Enjoy-By-Date of October 15, and UPC 7143000976. A positive sample of Salmonella was found in Michigan when the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development conducted a random sample test. This is an isolated instance and the recall affects product in retail stores in the following states: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. No other Dole products or codes are affected by this recall.

OrganicGirl Issues Voluntary Recall on Baby Spinach with Cadmium

Sep 15

Royal has not purchased or handled the product indicated in this recall alert. No illnesses have been reported as of the date of this market report.

After a random test performed by the California Dept. of Public Health revealed elevated levels of cadmium, the producer of Baby Spinach, OrganicGirl Produce, LLC, initiated a voluntary recall. The recall includes 1,290 cases of its 5-oz baby spinach product. The cases were mainly distributed to the Midwestern and Western U.S. states.

Clamshell packed versions of this OrganicGirl product was distributed to the following states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The product code is B030298-001B08S. The product is labeled with a date code of 9/13/15.

If you have questions or concerns, we urge you to contact OrganicGirl directly at 866-486-4939.

UPDATE: Voluntarily Recalls on Cucumbers due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

sep 14

Royal Food Service has not purchased or handled the products indicated in this recall alert.

Custom Produce is recalling cucumbers due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella. The Fat Boy® brand of cucumbers were produced in Baja California and distributed in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. Unlabeled cucumbers packed in black reusable plastic containers (RPC) were sold in Nevada and are also covered by this recall alert.

Below is a list of the Fat Boy brand products and packaging. No other Fat Boy products are affected by this recall alert. The Fat Boy cucumbers were packed into the following:

  • Cucumber Carton 24s Fat Boy Label
  • Cucumber Carton Super Select Fat Boy Label
  • Cucumber Carton 6 count Fat Boy Label
  • Cucumber Carton 5 # Fat Boy Label
  • Possible Fat Boy Lot Codes: 93968, 94506, 94550, 94522, 94513, 93991
  • Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC):
  • Lot Code: (01) 1 0851821 22000 2 (10) 99
  • Item # 552678329

It has been confirmed that the recalled products were not sourced through the Pro*Act office in Monterey, California. Distributors in the affected states listed above have been contacted regarding whether or not these products were received through alternate channels and distributed to any Pro*Act customers. Only customers located in the states mentioned above should be concerned about this alert.

Custom Produce is working with health authorities on this recall which has resulted in 341 illnesses and 2 deaths reported across 30 states. They have contacted all customers who may have received the product.

The cucumbers were shipped in black, green, and red and craft colored cartons that read "Fat Boy Fresh Produce". This variety of cucumber is often called "slicer," or "American" with a dark green color. It's typically 7 to 10 inches in length and a diameter of 1.75" to 2.5".

Consumers who purchased this product are urged not to consume them, but should return them to be disposed of by the seller. If you have questions, please contact Custom Produce by visiting the company web site at or by calling them at 559-254-5860.

Recall and Test Analysis of Cucumbers Tainted with Salmonella

Sep 8

Royal Food Service has not handled the produce items indicated in this product recall alert, nor purchased them from either vendor indicated.

There are two Salmonella outbreaks currently being reported on cucumbers. At this time, we do not know if they are associated.

The Defense Logistics Agency has begun taking steps to place a medical hold on cucumbers distributed by Coast Citrus, originating from Baja California, Mexico pending analysis.

Also, Andrew & Williamson Produce is issuing a voluntary recall of cucumbers for shipments from Aug. 1, 2015 to Sept. 3, 2015. At present, there are no traceability details (lot codes, pack sized, brands, states or regions of distribution). We will update you on this situation as further information becomes available.