Dole recalls bagged salad, possible listeria contamination

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Co. (DOLE), is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad due to a random sample testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The product affected is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend coded 0049N2202008, with a use-by date of Aug. 20 and UPC 7143000819, and was distributed in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.

No other salads are included in the recall.

The recall follows a sample of the Italian Blend salad testing positive for listeria in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The company said it is working closely with regulatory officials and that no illnesses related to the recall have been reported.

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Listeria can cause foodborne illness in those who eat contaminated food. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea, and primarily affects pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems.

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