U.S.: Dole recalls some bagged salads
Dole Fresh Vegetables has decided to voluntarily recall 1,039 cases of bagged Italian Blend salad due to a possible health risk of Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The salads had a use-by date of Aug. 20 and no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The salads were distributed in eight U.S. states – Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.
“This recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture,” the FDA said in a release.
“Although the product is 2 days past its Use-By date 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 Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.”