The 12-ounce bags are coded A275208A or B, with Use-by date of Oct. 17 and UPC 7143000933, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, the health department said. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it.
The product code and Use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in 10 U.S. states, including Illinois.
This precautionary recall notification is being issued after a sample of Dole American Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random test, the release stated.
No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and October 17, 2012. Use-by date identified above are included in the recall. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, which is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PT) Monday - Friday.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.