The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The bagged Romaine salad subject to recall was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Dole Hearts of Romaine coded 0540N165112A or B, with a use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956 with a product code and use-by date in the upper right-hand corner of the package and a UPC code on the back of the package are all subject to recall.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. A sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.
Consumers who have any remaining recalled Dole Hearts of Romaine salad with these Product Codes should not consume it, and should throw it away. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday – Friday.
Although the product is 3 days past its Use-by date and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.© Food Safety News