Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Due to Listeria Risk
Dole Fresh Vegetables has announced that it is recalling bagged salad products due to concerns over a potential listeria risk. The company was alerted of the risk after one sample of Dole Italian Salad tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The test was conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
"No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall," the company announced according to ABC News. "[The company is] coordinating closely with regulatory officials."
The recall was voluntary and it included bags of Italian Blend, Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend, Little Salad Bar Italian Salad and Marketside Italian Style Salad. The products in question all have a use-by data of March 12, which can be found on the upper right-hand corner of the 10-ounce bag. The products were distributed in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
Listeria is a bacterial infection that can lead to miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle aches, diarrhea, confusion, balance issues and convulsions.
The press release, "Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Recall of Limited Number of Salads," can be found here.