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One brand of Romaine lettuce is under recall after a package of the product tested positive for listeria.

Fresh Express Inc. is recalling a limited quantity of 10-ounce Hearts of Romaine.

The sample was taken as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's random sample testing program, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass. Douglass is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for the recalled lettuce, which is now expired.

"The use-by date on this particular product is Aug. 23, so it's unlikely that it is still in stores, but consumers should discard it if they still have it in their kitchens," Douglass said.

The recalled product is identified with a product code beginning with "G222" and the use-by date of Aug. 23 located on the upper right-hand corner of the package. The UPC code of the recalled lettuce is 71279 26102 and is located on the back of the package below the barcode. The lettuce was distributed in limited quantities in 19 predominantly eastern and southeastern states, including West Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall and no other Fresh Express products have been recalled. Consumers with questions can contact Fresh Express customer service at 800-242-5472.

Symptoms of listeria include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. If listeria spreads to the nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck or confusion.

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