The reason for the recall is a possible risk from Listeria monocytogenes, which is a bacterium 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. If it spreads to the nervous system symptoms may include headache, stiff neck or confusion. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
So far, there have been no reports of illnesses.
The salads were distributed in twelve U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).
If you have salad that is part of the recall, throw it out. For questions, you can call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PDT) Monday - Friday.
DOLE® Italian Blend salad
UPC Code: 7143000819
Product Codes: 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B
Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad
UPC Code: 1111091045
Product Codes: A157201A, A157201B
Use-by Date: June 19, 2011