Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,077 cases of bagged salads distributed in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The products being recalled are Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme (coded N158 211B 1613 KR04, UPC 11110 91039), Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine (coded N158 111B KR11, UPC 11110 91046), and Walmart Marketside Leafy Romaine (coded N158111B, UPC 81131 02781) due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Marketside Leafy Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the state of North Carolina. While no cases have been reported, Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.
Though the product is past its use-by date (June 19), retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are contacting retailers to confirm that the product is not available.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most people do not become seriously ill.
No other Walmart Marketside or Kroger Fresh Selections salads are included in the recall. Only the specific product codes, UPC codes and the June 19 use-by date are included in the recall.
Consumers who have any remaining product with these codes should discard it. Anyone with questions may call the Dole Food Co. Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111.