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Dole Recalls Salad Due To Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Posted on Jun 27, 2011

According to MSNBC, Dole Food Company is recalling 2,880 cases of their Italian Blend salad and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad. It is only a precautionary recall notification because there have been no reported illnesses. However, an isolated sample test of the salad generated a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. Both salads are produced in California. Though representatives are not sure where the contamination could have happened, they are saying a small portion could still be affected.

The recalled salad was distributed in 12 different states, including Pennsylvania, and three Canadian provinces. Even though there were no reported incidents with the product, Dole is urging customers to throw the salad out. Listeria monocytogenes is an intracellular bacterium, which causes listeriosis. It can cause an array of problems, including death. It is the leading cause of foodborne illnesses and causes more deaths than Salmonella. This bacterium is especially dangerous for pregnant women. It can severely affect pregnancy and even cause miscarriages or stillbirths. It also targets people with weak immune systems.

The Dole Italian Blend salads affected have a Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B.  The 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad have a Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B

Consumers and retailers with any questions or concerns are asked to contact the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center. The number is (800) 356-3111 and they are available from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

If you or a loved one have become ill or sick due to a recalled food product, don't hesitate to call our experienced personal injury and product liability lawyers at White and Williams. We serve victims in all areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and always offer a free consultation. 1-877-944-8396.

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