(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.