The Dole Food Co. has issued a precautionary recall involving 1,077 packages of bagged salads that were sold in six Southern states at Wal-Mart and Kroger over possible listeria contamination, the California-based company announced.
There have been no illnesses reported by consumers who bought salads affected by the recall, which were packaged as the supermarkets' house brands, Dole said.
This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of [Wal-Mart] Marketside Leafy Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the state of North Carolina, the Dole Food Company said in a news release announcing the recall of 1,077 packages of bagged salads.
Listeria is a bacteria that can become deadly, although it is rare to get seriously ill or die from listeria. The most common way for people to get infected is through contaminated food, according to WebMD. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.
The brands of bagged salad affected by the recall are:
- Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme salad coded N158 211B 1613 KR04 with a use-by date of June 19 and UPC code of 11110 91039
- Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine coded N158 111B KR11 with use-by date of June 19 and UPC 11110 91046
- Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine coded N158111B with use-by date of June 19 and UPC code 81131 02781
The bagged salads also must have been purchased in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in order to be affected by the recall.
Dole is asking supermarkets to check to see if they still have the affected salads in their inventories, although that is unlikely since the products are a week past their use-by date.
Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce, the company said.