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Dole Fresh Vegetables Recalls Some Types of Salads Due To Possible Listeria Health Risk

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 19: Pre-Packaged salad sits on the shelf at a Bell Market grocery store June 19, 2003 in San Francisco, California. Packaged salad which was near non-existent a decade ago has become the second fastest selling item on grocery shelves behind bottle water, overall the retail market for bagged salad is $2 billion annually. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls some garden salad items due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to a corporate notification issued on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, a single sample of garden salad tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during a random sample test by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  As a result, even though the items have passed their “best if used by” date and are thus unlikely to be found on shop shelves, people should check their food items to see whether they purchased them and still have them.

SAN FRANCISCO – JUNE 19: Fresh Express & Ready Pak Pre-Packaged salad sits on the shelf at a Bell Market grocery store June 19, 2003 in San Francisco, California. Packaged salad which was near non-existent a decade ago has become the second fastest selling item on grocery shelves behind bottle water, overall the retail market for bagged salad is $2 billion annually. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What is Listeria?

Listeria (also known as Listeriosis) is a dangerous infection that can be deadly in certain persons, such as small children, the elderly, and those with weaker immune systems. The health officials said Listeria infections may “most likely” affect those people who belong to these categories. Pregnant women may experience miscarriages and stillbirths as a result of the sickness.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1,600 persons in the United States get listeriosis each year. The health agency added that Listeria is more likely to be found in soft cheeses made with unpasteurized or raw milk, raw sprouts, melons, and cold cuts because the deadly bacterium may “hide” in many foods.

States Affected By Dole Recall

No other Dole goods (or Dole-manufactured items) are affected by the recall, according to the company’s release.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia were among the states that received these items. Both the FDA and the Dole websites provide images of the goods’ packaging.

Those who discover they still have the contaminated goods in their homes are encouraged to throw them away rather than eat them.

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