Massive salad recall affects salads from Dole, Kroger and more brands

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If you’re under the impression you’ve seen quite a few salad recalls recently, it’s because it’s true. In the last few weeks alone, we have witnessed multiple major product recall actions: a Taylor Farms Retreat, Fresh Express recall, Y Dole Retreat are among them. That’s why it’s important not to confuse the new Dole salad recall with the old one. The early January recall covers iceberg lettuce and several other types of salad sold in the US and Canada.

Like Dole’s mid-December recall, the new action follows the detection of the same pathogen that could have contaminated the iceberg lettuce sold under the Dole brands last time around. That is Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause very serious infections in some people.

January’s Dole salad recall

Dole announced the new recall on January 7. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the press release of the same day.

The company issued the voluntary recall notice after testing harvest equipment for raw iceberg lettuce. Dole discovered traces of the Listeria bacteria, prompting the recall of a new salad.

The January 7 recall refers to all Dole brands and private labels processed at the company’s facilities in Springfield, OH and Soledad, CA.

Springfield products have lot codes beginning with the letter “W” and a “Best before” date between December 22, 2021 and January 9, 2022. These products were available for sale at the following states: AL, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA and WI. Additionally, Dole sold Springfield salad products in these Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.

Separately, Soledad products have product batch codes that begin with the letter “B”. Also, the “Best Used By” date is between December 23, 2021 and January 8, 2022. These were available in many US states including AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL , GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MD, ND, NE, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI .

Similarly, Dole sold them in these Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

The full list of Dole salad products at the recall is quite meaningful and available in this link.

Symptoms of listeria infection

Consuming products that contain Listeria can lead to infections that can be serious for some categories of people. Young children, the frail or elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at risk of developing a life-threatening illness.

Additionally, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Most people will experience short-term symptoms including high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some of these symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, including COVID-19, which is on the rise again right now.

What should you do

If you have any of the Dole salad products at the recall, you should stop consuming them. Instead, throw out any salad bags you may have in your refrigerator. Dole says that no other fruits or vegetables are part of the recall. Those are safe to consume.

If you think you have experienced symptoms consistent with a Listeria infection, you should contact your doctor. Dole said in the announcement of the salad recall that so far it has not received any reports of illness.

Finally, be sure to check out the full ad to see if your supply of Dole salad is part of the recall. You will also find company contact information and product photos in the release.

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