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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad in 10 States for Listeria Risk

A bagged salad product sold under the Dole American Blend brand is being recalled by Dole Fresh Vegetables after it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the recalled product, which is sold in 12 oz. bags coded A275208A or B, with a use-by date of October 17 and UPC 7143000933.

Dole distributed the recalled bagged salad in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture discovered the problem when a sample taken during random sampling tested positive for the bacteria.

Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious illness in a person who ingests it.  Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

The illness primarily impacts pregnant women, the elderly and adults with weakened immune systems.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a physician.

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  • Ben

    Why is Dole waiting for somebody else to make a test or do they know the stuff is contaminated and don’t care, hoping no one will find out anyway. There is so much contaminated food on the market you can’t pin-point a source when you get ill. Isn’t this the type of salad we are told not to touch or wash, so our dirty fingers and kitchen would contaminate the exellent greens? 

  • Carlo Silvestri

    What is it?  It seems that with Dole and often with a lot of other large food manufacturers the recall happens on or after the “best if used by” date.  Is the income from the sale of the tainted and adulterated food that important that it doesn’t matter if consumers get sick, go to the hospital, even die?  I find this type of behavior obscene and immoral on the part of the manufacturers.

  • peeegeee

    What is sad is there is a remedy to all this. There are temperature sensitive inks that change color if they reach a certain temperature for a sustained period of time as well as a produce wash that disinfects and dissipates within less than 15 minutes. This was reported to Western Growers during the USDA Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Hearing. Monterey, CA. September 22-24, 2009. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5079867Go figure. Here is more info on the hearings.http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5080508