Dole Food Co is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad because of salmonella risk. This is a precautionary recall since there was an instance where the Seven Lettuces salad tested positive for Salmonella in a random test sample conducted in New York.
The Dole Salad bags of Seven Lettuces were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The company said they recalled Dole salads stamped with a use-by date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B.
You can find the Product Code and Use-by Date in the upper right-hand corner of the Dole Salad packaging; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.
No other Dole Salads are included in the recall, just the Seven Lettuces salad from Dole.
Dole says it is coordinating with regulatory officials, and advises consumers to throw out the recalled bags.
So far, no illnesses have been reported, but if you have consumed Dole Salad and experience symptoms, contact your doctor.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being infected. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, a severe infection can be fatal, especially in elderly people, infants, and people with impaired immune systems.
Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT) Monday through Friday.