Recall notices can be found on the fresh produce stands in local Kroger and Walmart stores following the voluntary recall of 1,077 cases of bagged salad this week. A random sample test of one of Dole Fresh Vegetable packages tested positive for Listeria.
Dole initiated the recall after a random sample of Marketside Leafy Romaine in North Carolina tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause foodborne illness, Dole said in a statement. Symptoms include fevers, muscle aches, and nausea or diarrhea.
Pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are usually more affected by the illness, Dole said, but "most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill."
The products at risk were distributed across six states, the Huffington Post reported, including Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. While the product is likely no longer on shelves, the company said, customers should be aware of the risk and grocers should ensure any affected bags that remain in stores are removed from stores.
Affected products include:
- Wal Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine coded N158111B with Use-by date of June 19 and UPC code 81131 02781
- Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme coded N158 211B 1613 KR04 with Use-by date of June 19 and UPC 11110 91039
- Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine coded N158 111B KR11 with Use-by date of June 19 and UPC 11110 91046
Dole said customers who have items 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 (PDT) Monday - Friday.
In April, Dole recalled 756 cases of bagged lettuce for potential salmonella risk.