Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad in 15 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as in three Canadian provinces because of a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The products being recalled are Dole 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.
The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the bar code.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. The recall notification is being issued as a precaution based on 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.
Although the product was already one day past its use-by date when Dole issued the recall Thursday, and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories, Dole said in a news release.
Dole customer service representatives have been contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats food contaminated with it. Symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
Call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with any questions or concerns.