Concerns about a risk of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of more than 750 cases of Dole “Seven Lettuces” salad bags.
The Dole lettuce recall was announced on April 14, after a sample taken by the state of New York tested positive for salmonella. However, there have been no reports of salmonella food poisoning associated with the recalled salad mixes.
The bagged salads were sold in 15 states, including Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The recall affects 756 cases of Dole Seven Lettuces salad, from Dole Fresh Vegetables, with a Use-by Date of April 11, 2012. The recalled lettuce bags have a UPC code of 71430 01057 and Product Codes of 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B. No other Dole salads are affected by the recall.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning. For most healthy adults, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.
Customers who have purchased the recalled salad are advised to dispose of them rather than consume them. Retailers are being advised to check their inventories and shelves to assure that all of the affected salads are off store shelves and out of warehouse inventories.
Consumers and retailers with questions can call the Dole Food Company Response Center at (800) 356-3111.