Sunday, May 19, 2013
Dole Food Co. Inc. said it voluntarily recalled its "American Blend" salad mix in Maine and nine other states due to a possible health risk from listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Dole is working closely with regulatory officials. Dole said the recall was issued due to an incident in which a sample of the "American Blend" salad yielded a positive result for listeria in a sample test conducted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause illness in a person who eats contaminated food. Symptoms of the infection include fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea.
The recalled product is "Dole American Blend" salad in 12-ounce bags, coded A275208A or B with a "use by" date of Oct. 17. The product code and the "use by" date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package, Dole said.
No other salads are included in the recall. Consumers who have any of the product should not eat it, but discard it.
The salads were distributed in 10 states, including Maine, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Co. Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111. The company is contacting retailers to make sure the product is being removed from shelves.