Dole recalls bagged salad for possible salmonella contamination

Dole Food Co. has announced a voluntary recall of 756 cases of bagged salad suspected of possible salmonella contamination. The product, Seven Lettuces salad, was distributed in 15 states. No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall. The possible salmonella contamination was discovered during a random product sample conducted in New York state, which tested positive for salmonella.

Bags of Seven Lettuces salad were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The recalled salads are stamped with a use-by date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B. The product code and use-by date are located in the upper right-hand corner of the package, while the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the bar code.

Dole advises consumers to throw away any bags of salad affected by this recall. The food distributor is contacting retailers to ensure the affected product is removed from shelves.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. The illness can be severe or even life-threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

Source: Associated Press