Dole Fresh Vegetables of Monterey, CA, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged spinach due to a possible health risk from Salmonella contamination. The product being recalled is Dole Spinach coded A27409B & A27409A, with an Enjoy By date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976. This precautionary recall notification, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Spinach salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Laboratory Division. The product code and Enjoy By date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package below the barcode. The spinach was distributed in 13 states (Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin). No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, and Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. Neither Dole Baby Spinach nor any other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and October 15, 2015 Enjoy By date identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it but should discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce. Salmonella 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 and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness primarily impacts young children, frail and elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
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