FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — That salad, salad dressing, or sandwich you bought at Whole Foods may be contaminated.

Whole Foods’ 17 Florida stores are recalling foods with raw onions in them because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Recalled foods include salads, dressings and sandwiches that were prepared at Whole Foods stores in Florida between July 7 and July 27.

The company says they have not received any complaints about illnesses.

Affected customers should throw away the product and return to the store with their receipt for a free refund.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious illnesses and in some cases death.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, people who come into contact with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are at risk for Listeriosis. Those with weak immune systems (such as children and senior citizens) are at highest risk and should follow these tips:

  • Wash hands before and after handling raw meat with warm/hot or cold soapy running water by rubbing hands together vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water and clean up any spills right away.
  • Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be thoroughly cooked
  • Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry, and their juices and thoroughly cooked foods.
  • Thoroughly cook ground meat such as beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F before eating.
  • Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase (one hour if temperatures exceed 90 degrees F)
  • Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

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