MONTEREY, CALIF. – Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. a business unit of the Dole Food Co., is recalling branded and private label packaged salads that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were processed at plants in Bessemer City, NC, and Yuma, Ariz., and the company has ceased operations at both plants
This is the second packaged salad recall this week. On Dec. 21, Fresh Express, a business unit of Chiquita, recalled salad kits manufactured at its Streamwood, Ill., plant and ceased operations there.
The Food and Drug Administration said an outbreak caused by Listeria has sickened 16 people in 13 states. The outbreak has resulted in 12 hospitalizations and two deaths.
Two product samples from the Dole plants matched a sample of the outbreak strain.
“This is the second Listeria outbreak potentially linked to packaged salads that the FDA and CDC are currently investigating,” said Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner of food policy and response for the FDA. “On Dec. 21, we announced a separate outbreak investigation of Listeria found in Fresh Express packaged salad. The FDA will provide additional updates as we learn more about these outbreaks. In the meantime, we advise consumers to avoid all recalled products.”
The FDA said outbreak strains have been identified in Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 2014 to Oct. 17, 2021. One case occurred in 2014 and the remaining cases occurred between 2018 and 2021.Recalled products are sold under such brands as Ahold, Dole, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Natures Promise and Simply Nature.