Dole Issued Another Recall for Packaged Salads Over Listeria Concerns

published Jan 12, 2022
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It’s time to dig through your crisper drawer and examine your bagged greens (again). After a voluntary recall just weeks ago, Dole is once again pulling some of their bagged salads from shelves due to listeria concerns.

All packaged salads that contain iceberg lettuce from their Springfield, Ohio and Soledad, California facilities are being recalled. Traces of listeria monocytogenes were found on harvest equipment, and while no illnesses have been reported so far, you should still dispose of any products affected by the recall.

For this recall, you’ll want to check your refrigerator for any bagged salad greens with a product code that begins in “W” and has a best-used by date of December 22, 2021 to January 9, 2022, or a product code that begins in “B” and has a best-used by date of December 23, 2021 to January 8, 2022. The FDA is urging individuals to dispose of any products that meet these criteria.

The recall includes all Dole brand salads as well as several private label brands, such as Kroger and President’s Choice. The packaged goods were distributed to stores in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The goods were also sold throughout the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

Products affected include salad kits, bagged greens, salad bowls, and shredded lettuce. If you’re wondering if the recall affects you, it’s best to play it safe and check the labels of any and all bagged salads in your fridge.

Listeria can cause symptoms such as fever, nausea, severe headaches, and stiffness, and can be serious and sometimes fatal in individuals with weakened immune systems. The bacteria has caused a number of food recalls, from fresh fruit and vegetables and meat to unpasteurized milk and eggs.

If you’ve been forced to rid your fridge of lettuce, don’t worry. You can still make a mighty fine salad without any lettuce at all. Try a crunchy Taiwanese cucumber salad, festive kale and quinoa salad with roasted veggies, or flavorful farro and broccoli salad.