Despite no related illnesses being reported yet, Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a recall for 1,077 bagged lettuces that might contain listeria contamination. The lettuce was sold at Wal-Mart and Kroger stores in six states.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.”
The recall, affecting stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, is Dole’s second bagged salad recall within the past two months. The other recall was for salmonella. The possible listeria-affected products codes are as follows:
- Kroger Fresh Selections Green Supreme, Product code: N158 211B 1613 KR04, UPC code: 11110 91039. “Use by” date: June 19, 2012.
- Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine. Product code: N158 111B KR11. UPC code: 11110 91046. “Use by” date: June 19, 2012.
- Wal Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine. Product code: N158111B. UPC code: 81131 02781. “Use by” date: June 19, 2012.
Consumers who feel they need to contact Dole concerning the recall can call the company’s “Consumer Response Center” at (800) 356-3111, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.