Rochelle Voluntary Recall Q&A
Why is BrightFarms recalling products?
A: On July 15, BrightFarms announced a voluntary recall of packaged salad greens produced in its Rochelle, Illinois farm due to a potential risk of Salmonella.
What products have been recalled?
A: The recall is limited to specific products grown at our Rochelle, Illinois indoor farm, as listed below. Products grown in BrightFarms’ other farms (PA, VA, NC, OH) are not affected. Please look at the state map printed on your product's label to see where it was grown.
Is a product I purchased included in the recall?
A: The salad products being recalled were packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with “best by” dates from 5/22/2021 - 7/29/2021 or earlier. These products grown at BrightFarms’ Rochelle, Illinois indoor farm are the only ones included in the recall:
- BrightFarms NutriGreensTM (3 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Butter Crisp TM (4 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Harvest Crunch ® (4 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Mighty Romaine TM (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
- BrightFarms 50/50 Spring & Spinach (4 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Spring Crunch (4 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
- BrightFarms Sunny Crunch ® (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
- Illinois: Mariano's Fresh Markets, Walmart (select stores), Strack Van Till, Sullivan's Foods, Caputo's, Jewel-Osco
- Wisconsin: Pick 'n Save, Metro Market, Copps, Tadych’s, Walmart (select stores)
- Iowa: Walmart (select stores)
- Indiana: Strack Van Till
I purchased a variety that is not on the list above. Is it safe to eat?
A: The recall is limited to the specific products listed above. Other varieties grown at the company's Rochelle, Illinois indoor farm, such as Baby Spinach, Baby Arugula, Baby Romaine, or Basil, are not affected. Products grown in other BrightFarms locations, such as PA, VA, NC, and OHI, are also not affected.
I purchased from a retailer that is not listed above. Is it safe to eat?
A: Any retailer that received products grown at our Rochelle, Illinois farm may be affected. Please look at the state printed on the label to confirm where it was grown. Products grown at other BrightFarms locations, such as the states of PA, VA, NC, OH are not affected.
What should I do if I purchased an affected product?
A: If you have purchased an affected product, please discard it or return it to its place of purchase for a full refund. If you have additional questions, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and click "Contact Us". Indicate "Recall Inquiry" in the dropdown menu. You may also call 1-866-857-8745 between 8am-8pm ET to speak to us live, by selecting Prompt "1".
How did this happen?
A: We are taking this action out of an abundance of caution after being notified of illnesses among eight consumers, some of whom purchased or consumed the above products during the month of June. It has not been confirmed that BrightFarms products were, in fact, the source of these illnesses. We are continuing to conduct our own thorough investigation with the assistance of a team of outside experts, and we have also assured the FDA and CDC of our full cooperation as they continue their own investigations.
How often does this kind of contamination occur?
A: BrightFarms has never had any regulatory, consumer or other third-party report of Salmonella attributed to any product from our Rochelle greenhouse in the course of its five years of operation. Unlike produce grown on traditional outdoor farms, BrightFarms greens are germinated from seeds from controlled, traceable sources and grown entirely indoors in tightly controlled greenhouse environments. Growing produce in a contained greenhouse environment under stringent food safety and sanitation standards minimizes any possibility of contamination. The reports that are currently under investigation are highly unusual and receiving our full and undivided attention.
How much time elapsed from when you discovered that products might be contaminated and when you began contacting retailers?
A: Less than 24 hours.
How would I know if I have been exposed to Salmonella?
A: 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. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. For additional Q&A on Salmonella please visit the CDC site at: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/index.html
What is BrightFarms doing to keep this from ever happening again?
A: BrightFarms is committed to providing wholesome products, and the health and safety of consumers is the company's number one priority. In addition to today's voluntary recall, the company has already begun taking steps to enhance our already rigorous food safety protocols, and testing all products produced in the Rochelle facility for exposure to Salmonella.
I have additional questions. How do I contact you?
A: To reach us, please scroll down and click "Contact Us". On the contact form, select "Recall Inquiry" in the dropdown menu. You may also call 1-866-857-8745 between 8am-8pm ET to speak to us live, by selecting Prompt "1".