RICHMOND (WRIC)—On Thursday, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced a recall of some of its bagged salads due to a possible health risk.
The company is recalling Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with a use-by date of March 12, 2014. These blends may contain Listeria monocytogenes.
The salads in question were distributed in 15 states, including Virginia, as well as three Canadian provinces. So far, no illnesses have been reported in association with this recall.
“This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to one sample of Dole Italian salad which yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” the Dole Food Company said in a press release on its website.
Dole says that while most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill from Listeria monocytogenes, pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of getting sick.
“Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it,” Dole said in a statement. “Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.”
Dole advises those who purchased the products listed above to dispose of the salad bags immediately. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
MARTIN’S posted on its website that customers who purchased the affected salad bags at one of its stores may return them for a full refund.