Dole recalls Italian blend due to listeria concern - The Packer

Dole recalls Italian blend due to listeria concern

08/23/2012 02:17:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

(CORRECTED, Aug. 24) Dole Fresh Vegetables, Monterey, Calif., has voluntarily recalled 1,039 cases of Italian blend lettuce after a bag randomly tested by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture was positive for listeria monocytogenes. Romaine lettuce is the main ingredient.

No illnesses have been reported, according to a news release.

Dole officials are coordinating with regulatory officials, according to the release.

The mix of romaine and radicchio was packed at Dole’s Bessemer City, N.C., plant, said Marty Ordman, vice president of marketing and communications for Dole Food Co., West Lake Village, Calif.

“We know where the raw materials came from,” he said. “We have a very good traceability system in place, and there’s nothing we could find in the plant that warranted any sort of concern.”

The recall involves 10-ounce bags of Dole Italian Blend with an Aug. 20 use-by date, 0049N2202008 product code and 7143000819 Universal Produce Code.

The salads were distributed to Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia, according to the release.

Although the product is past its use-by date and retailers most likely have already remove it from shelves, the Food and Drug Administration recommends they check to ensure they don’t have any still in inventory.

Note on correction: In the original article, the first reference to the product did not clarity it was Italian blend, of which romaine is the main ingredient.

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USA/Florida  |  August, 24, 2012 at 09:06 AM

This is exactly why I won't buy Dole bagged salad anymore......these recalls are so often its ridiculous !!

Produce guy    
Salinas  |  August, 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

News flash: All produce, except from greenhouses, are grown outdoors. This means that any creature ( birds, pigs, deer, coyotes, etc) has access to the crop. It can not be prevented, so you will always have these problems no matter what processor supplies it. The only reason this is occurring more often is simply because we are testing it more frequently. You, your parents, grandparents and great grandparents have all consumed contaminated lettuce. It's just the nature of the beast. Stop complaining and be thankful that they catch it in a timely fashion.

Maryland  |  August, 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM

why is that the only salad mix if all the saladfs are made in the same place??? I have the veggie blend and is that safe for us to eat? what foods are safe to eat now days . Please be sure to say your grace before you eat.

USA  |  August, 24, 2012 at 08:08 PM

Isn't it convinient to recall after the use-by-date. No illness reported. Who can even tell anymore from what he gets sick from. The industry is just throwing contaminated food into the market und retailers don't care about it as everything lands in contaminated shopping carts anyway. So it doesn't make a difference if the produce is clean or contaminated when we take it off the shelve.

August, 27, 2012 at 08:34 AM


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