Dole is recalling around 2,600 of their bagged salad sold in several states due to possible listeria. During a random inspection by the Food and Drug Administration, Dole Hearts of Romaine came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
While no illness have been reported, Dole is doing a voluntary recall on the Dole Hearts of Romaine bagged salad just to be safe.
The bagged salads were distributed in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Recalled bags have a product code of 0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and a UPC code of UPC 7143000956.
Consumers can find the product code and Use-by date in the upper right-hand corner of the Dole Hearts of Romaine bagged salad. The UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.
The FDA recommends anyone who has a bag of the recalled salad should throw it away. For more information, consumers can call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 1-800-356-3111 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
No other salads are included in the recall, but it is the third time in three months that Dole has had to recall bagged salad because of contamination. On April 14, Dole recalled 756 cases of Seven Lettuces Salad because of potential salmonella contamination. Then, on June 26, Dole recalled 1,000 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine and Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine salads.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms 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 from Listeria monocytogenes, but can happen.