Listeria Concerns Prompt Recall of Dole Bagged Salads

Several salad varieties are implicated in the six-state recall.

Dole salad products have been recalled in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia due to a possible listeria contamination. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dole Fresh Vegetables has recalled 1,077 cases of bagged salads sold at Walmart and Kroger stores in six states due to a possible listeria contamination, MSNBC.com reports.

The salads were distributed in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Dole products being recalled include Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, coded N158 211B 1613 KR04 and UPC 11110 91039; Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine, coded N158 111B KR11 and UPC 11110 91046; and Walmart Marketside Leafy Romaine, coded N158111B and UPC code 81131 02781.

All recalled products have a best use by date of June 19, 2012 and should have been removed by stores already, but shoppers should double check to make sure they don’t have any of the salads at home. The product code and use by date can be found on the upper right-hand corner of the package, and the UPC code is on the back, below the bar code.

The recall began after a product in North Carolina tested positive for listeria, Dole Officials said in a press release.

In May, River Ranch Fresh Foods also had a recall of their salad products due to a possible listeria contamination.

Listeria can cause foodborne illness, especially in pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and stomach problems like nausea and diarrhea. 

So far no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.  This is the second time in three months that Dole has issued a recall due to contamination concerns.  In April, they recalled 756 cases of Seven Lettuces Salads because of a possible salmonella contamination.

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