(CBS News) Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,077 cases of its bagged salads due to possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that causes Listeria infection.
The products included in the recall all have a "Use-by date" of June 19, and are Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine and Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine. The bagged salads were sold at Kroger and Wal-Mart stores in six states: Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The recall comes after a random sample tested in North Carolina tested positive for the bacteria. According to a Dole statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, since the product is past its Use-by date, it's highly unlikely any is still available on store shelves but it urges retailers to check their stocks to confirm none of the product is mistakenly in warehouse inventories. The company said it contacted its retailers to confirm the product is not being sold.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause the foodborne illness listeriosis in a person who eats an item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, convulsions, loss of balance, confusion and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women, the elderly and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill after ingesting the bacteria.
Cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes caused an outbreak last year that sickened 146 people across 28 states,
Not all bags falling under these salad brands were recalled - only those with the Use-by June 19 date that contain specific UPC codes for each product that can be found here. Pictures of the specific product labels can also be found here. Consumers who still have some remaining products should throw them out.
Got questions? Retailers and consumers could call Dole at 800-356-31111 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.