On June 23 and 24, Price Chopper and Walmart announced that they were removing selected bags of Dole Italian Blend mixed salad greens from their Syracuse supermarkets. These chains join other national retailers who are responding to a Dole Salad Vegetables precautionary recall issued about 11:45 p.m. on June 22. Dole initiated the recall of 2880 cases of Dole Italian Salad Blend and 442 cases of Kroger’s Fresh Selections Italian Salad Blend after one bag in this production run tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture conducted the random sampling and discovered the Listeria contamination in one bag of Dole Italian Salad Blend. At the time of publication, no illnesses had been reported to either Dole or the FDA.
Dole Italian Blend salad greens contain romaine lettuce and radicchio leaves packaged in clear plastic zipper top bags. Pictures with this article show the bags open and photographed on a dark background to clarify the size and outline of the bag. Consumers should check any bags they may already have purchased for the following information:
Use-by date: June 19, 2011 UPC code: 7143000819
Product codes: 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B
Consumers who have purchased recalled lots of Dole Italian Blend should not consume the product. Price Chopper’s press release advises consumers to return any remaining product to the store for a full refund. Readers seeking more information should call Price Chopper, 800-666-7667, option 1. Walmart’s press release advises consumers to discard the product, and to contact the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center, 800-356-3111. The Salinas, CA company’s consumer center is open for calls from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday.
Along with the packages of Dole Italian Blend salad, Kroger initiated a recall of Fresh Selections Italian Salad Blend, which is packaged by Dole Salad Vegetables for sale in Kroger outlets. Kroger consumers should check any bags they have already purchased for the following information:
Use-by date: June 19, 2011 UPC code: 1111091045
Product Codes: A157201A, A157201B
Since only some lots and one use-by date were affected by the recall, unaffected packages of Dole Italian Salad blend may still be available for sale in Syracuse supermarkets. Shoppers should check all purchases of Dole Italian Salad blend for the affected use-by dates, UPC and product codes.
The product code and use-by date for both Dole Italian Blend and Kroger’s Fresh Selections Italian Salad Blend are printed in the upper right-hand corner of the package. The UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. See the slideshow with this article for packaging details.
According to information included in the press release published on the FDA website, Listeria monocytogenes bacterium can cause foodborne illnesses with symptoms including: fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck or confusion. Pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of infection and complications.
Price Chopper and Walmart have over a dozen outlets in Syracuse and surrounding suburbs. Dole Italian Blend, and Kroger’s Fresh Selections Italian Salad Blend, were distributed in New York and eleven other northeast and mid-Atlantic states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The products were also distributed in three provinces in eastern Canada: New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.
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