Dole recalls salads in sacks in 10 states due to possible listeria contamination

(NEXSTAR) – Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of certain varieties of lettuce in bags, after a sample test gave a positive result for listeria.

The salads, sold under several different brand names, were distributed in 10 states.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared Dole’s recall notice on Friday, but said no diseases had been reported at the time.

Dole issued a recall after the Georgia Department of Agriculture tested a random sample of garden lettuce. The sample came back positive listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can lead to listeria infection.

The recalled products include:

  • 24-ounce Dole hav garden salad with batch codes N28205A and N28205B and UPC code 0-71430-01136-2
  • 24-ounce Market side ™ Classic Salad with batch codes N28205A and N28205B and UPC code 6-81131-32895-1
  • 12-ounce Kroger ™ Brand Have Salad, with batch codes N28211A and N28211B and UPC code 0-11110-91036-3
  • 12-ounce Salad Classics ™ Garden salad with batch codes N28211A and N28211B and UPC code 6-88267-18443-7

All recalled salads had “best if used before” dates of October 25, 2021. No other Dole products are affected by the recall.

The salads were also distributed to 10 states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The salads were distributed to 10 states and sold under four different brands. (FDA)

Consumers are advised to discard all the recalled products. Those with additional questions can call the Dole Customer Center at 1-800-356-3111.

Listeriosis, an infection caused by food-borne listeria monocytogenes bacteria, affects about 1,600 people each year, of which about 260 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those at greatest risk are pregnant women, newborns, young children, those over 65 and those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women are also 10 times more likely to contract listeria infection, and pregnant Latin American women are about 24 times more likely. In pregnant women, listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths or premature births.

Symptoms of listeria infection include fever and diarrhea along with headaches, stiff neck, nausea, loss of balance, abdominal pain, confusion and cramps, according to the CDC and FDA. However, pregnant women typically experience only flu-like symptoms and fever, the CDC says.

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