Dole Recalls Packaged Salads Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

published Dec 28, 2021
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As if 2021 needed another food recall, we have one more to add to the list. Dole Fresh Vegetables has announced a voluntary precautionary recall of all packaged salads coming out of its Bessemer City, North Carolina and Yuma, Arizona processing facilities. The recall affects all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads nationwide due to possible health risks from listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause severe infections if consumed. Healthy individuals may suffer symptoms such as fevers, headaches, and abdominal pain, but it can be fatal for young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems.

In response to the possible contamination, Dole — the largest producer of fruit and vegetables globally operating in over 30 countries and responsible for over 300 lines of products — has temporarily suspended operations at its Bessemer City and Yuma locations.

But don’t put aside your favorite classic Caesar salad recipe just yet. Thankfully, not all Dole products are affected by the recall. Those subject to the recall are identified by a product lot code beginning with the letter “N” or “Y” in the upper right-hand corner of the package and will have a “Best if Used By” date between November 30, 2021, and January 8, 2022. 

If you’ve purchased any Dole products lately, you are encouraged to check your fridge and discard them immediately if they fall into this category. If you’re in the clear, celebrate with your favorite salad and this 5-minute creamy Italian dressing recipe that is better than anything bottled.