December 29, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection is investigating two separate epidemics of listeria associated with packaged salads produced by Fresh Express and Dole, the agency said in a statement. food safety warning.
Consumers who have products at home should throw them away, and companies should not sell them, the CDC says.
Fresh Express recall was launched on December 20 and includes salads with product codes Z324 to Z350 for all dates of use
Withdrawn brands include Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket, Giant Eagle, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, O Organics, Signature Farms, Simply Nature, Weis Fresh from the Field and Wellsley Farms Organic, the CDC said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website has a full list of recalled Fresh Express products provided by the company.
Routine product sampling in Michigan revealed listeria in a 9-ounce bag of Fresh Express Sweet Hearts Salad with Sweet Butter Romaine Salad, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said in a statement. press release.
Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. began withdrawing Dec. 22 for Dole-branded salads and packaged private-labeled salads processed at factories in Bessemer City, NC, and Yumi, AZ, the company said in a press release also released on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Web page.
Withdrawn products have batch codes beginning with the letter “N” or “Y” in the upper right corner of the package and have a shelf life between 30 November 2021 and 8 January 2022.
Some of the products are sold under the labels Dole, Kroger, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise and Simply Nature. The FDA website has a complete list of recalled products below.
Random sampling in Georgia and Michigan detected listeria in the Bessemer City Dole Garden Salad and a package of chopped iceberg lettuce from Yuma.
The Bessemer City and Yuma facilities have been temporarily closed due to extensive cleaning, Dole said in a statement.
Products from Dole’s factories in Springfield, OH, or Soledad, CA are not recalled. Springfield products have product series codes starting with “W”, and Soledad products have product code “B”.
Listeria is bacteria which can be found in dust, soil, animal feces and other substances.
If you eat something that carries bacteria, it could lead to listeria infection, one of the main causes of food poisoning.
Symptoms of listeria infection may include nausea, diarrhea, i vomit. Listeria infection usually does not lead to serious illness if you are healthy, although you may feel it sick for a day or two.
Infection can be especially severe the elderly and they are weakened immune system, and possibly life-threatening pregnant women and theirs baby.