Second Dole salad recall in six days

07/02/2012 10:20:00 AM
Coral Beach

Courtesy of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.In the recall notice for these bagged salads, Dole Fresh Vegetables officials said they doubted any were left in the stream of commerce at they point they issued the recall June 29 because the product had a June 26 use-date.(UPDATED COVERAGE, 12:30 p.m.) For the second time in six days, Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. issued a voluntary recall of bagged salad products because of possible listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been linked to either recall.

The June 29 recall of 2,598 cases of Dole Hearts of Romaine bagged salad involves product with use by dates of June 26, so Dole officials said they doubted any was left in the stream of commerce at the point they recalled it, according to a news release on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Dole's vice president of marketing and brand development Marty Ordman said July 2 the FDA found the possible contamination in a random retail sample taken in North Carolina.

A random sample was also what prompted Dole's June 23 recall of 1,000 cases of bagged salads distributed under Kroger’s Fresh Selection label and Wal-Mart’s Marketside label.

The code on the recalled Dole brand romaine is 0540N165112A or B. Dole distributed the product for retail sale in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, according to the release.

Giant Food, Landover, Md., issued an announcement June 30 warning customers about the recall and stating the chain had removed the product from its stores.

According to Dole’s release, the FDA found the possible listeria contamination during a “random sample test” but did not indicate how many samples were tested or whether they were taken at retail or distribution locations.



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Betty Chattin    
Tamarac Fl.  |  July, 02, 2012 at 11:55 AM

does Dole sell their products under other names from the farm that produce the Heart's of Romaine to Publix super mkts.I work for Publix and demoed. this product on the 26th and 27th and I consumed a sample on Wed. evening,did not feel well onThursday and Friday and by Saturday I was very very ill with all these symton's. please advise.

John    
USA  |  July, 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM

You should contact your county health department to make sure you don't get very sick. Best of luck!

kathy gardner    
Blasdell, ny  |  July, 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM

I was eating Dole bagged romaine like candy... until I got so sick I ended up in the ER... I figured it was the salad mix that made me sick. Now is Dole going to pay my 3000.00 in medical bills. I will never buy any salad mix, carrots or any other produce that comes in a bag again. I lost so much blood I required a transfusion. If this stuff is known to have contaminants.. why do they continue to sell it to the public. Please people be careful with these lettuce mixes, I wouldn't wish what I had on my worst enemy.

tony lopez    
holtville ca  |  July, 03, 2012 at 06:53 AM

most of the time contamination comes from the handling of product try to buy fresh ,example a head of lettuce, bagged whole carrots broccoli in bunches, spinach in bunches and prepare your own salad mix,this way you make shure you wash it and handle fresh untreated veg.

Gregg    
Texas  |  July, 03, 2012 at 09:46 AM

This is becoming a major problem with Dole processing plants. Why is the FDA always finding the problem when it should be Dole

Linda    
Nashville, TN  |  July, 03, 2012 at 01:57 PM

Ate salads to try to eat healthier. LOL. Am sick and reported to Doyle & Kroger representatives who did nothing but cover their butts and deny, deny, deny. Thought I had the flu then the CNS symptoms of confusion and inability to stay awake or focus made it even worse. Finally diagnosed and put on Cipro today. This is horrible. The true shame is that all Doyle and Kroger did was report a cliam and cover their butts. The recall has been extended to several different kinds of salads now but I've not received any notification from Doyle or Kroger.

David    
Alabama  |  July, 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM

It seems every 3 - 5 years Dole salads get recalled, that's why we don't sell them anymore

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