MONTEREY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 29, 2012--
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged
salad. The product being recalled is Dole Hearts of Romaine coded
0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956 due to
a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh
Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No
illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The product code and Use-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 salads were distributed in nine U.S. states (Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This
precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated
instance in which a sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a
positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample
test conducted by the FDA.
No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product
Codes, UPC codes and June 26, 2012 Use-by date identified above are
included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with
these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it.
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. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service
representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process
of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.
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.
Source: Dole Food Company
Dole Food Company