Dole Fresh Vegetables Bagged Salad Recall [US]


US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls various Bagged Salads due to Listeria monocytogenes hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/uDnBrDole Fresh Bagged Salads

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm389296.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Bagged Salads are subject to this recall:

  • Dole Italian Blend, UPC 7143000819
  • Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend, UPC 1111091045
  • Little Salad Bar Italian Salad, UPC 4149811014
  • Marketside Italian Style Salad, UPC 8113102780 coded A058201A or B

All recalled Bagged Salads have a Use-by date of March 12, 2014Dole Fresh Bagged Salads

According to the FDA, the salads were distributed in 15 US states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia) and 3 Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

About Listeria Poisoning:
Listeria monocytogenes, is gram-positive bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning) and can be found in animals (both domesticated pets and wild creatures) as well as in the soil and water.

Signs & Symptoms:
Most otherwise healthy people who are infected with Listeriosis show few or even no symptoms. Even when symptoms are present, they are generally considered mild and include fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea. People with depressed immune response, however, including pregnant women (and especially their fetus or newborn), people with Cancer as well as those with AIDS, are at higher risk for contracting Listeriosis and are more likely to have a more severe form of the disease.

Risks & Dangers:
Listeriosis during pregnancy may cause a miscarriage or fetal death depending on the onset of the infection. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). Listeriosis can also cause Endocarditis (inflammation of the membrane that lines the inside of the heart). If Listeriosis infects the lungs, it can cause Pneumonia.

Even in its milder forms, Listeriosis can cause abscesses; Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye – sometimes called “Pinkeye”); Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the GI tract including the stomach and intestines); and skin lesions.

Prevention:

  • Beef, pork, poultry and other animal-sourced foods can transmit Listeria monocytogenes. All raw food from animal sources should be thoroughly cooked: never consume raw or undercooked, meat, poultry or fish.
  • Soft cheeses, deli meats, and cold salads from salad bars (self-served or deli-packed) can also harbor Listeria monocytogenes and should be avoided if you are pregnant or have a suppressed immune system.
  • Non-Pasteurized (or “raw”) dairy products (including soft cheeses, milk and yogurt) have also led to outbreaks of Listeriosis. Always cook food thoroughly.
  • Traveling? Avoid non-Pasteurized dairy products, regardless of how safe the local population assures you the food might be.
  • Wash hands, knives and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods. To avoid cross-contamination, use separate cutting boards and implements for cooked and uncooked foods.
  • Hot dogs, luncheon meats, deli meats or other prepared meats should be avoided unless they are thoroughly reheated until steaming hot. Never eat raw hot dogs or other pre-cooked meats. Avoid getting “juices” from hot dog packages (i.e., blood and other materials) on other foods, utensils and food prep surfaces; wash hands after handling hot dogs, luncheon meats, and deli meats. Avoid refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads.
  • Avoid refrigerated smoked seafood, unless it is an ingredient in a well-cooked dish, such as a casserole. Refrigerated smoked seafood includes all fish such as salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, tuna or mackerel, including processed fish sold as “nova-style”, “lox”, “kippered”, “smoked” or “jerky”. These fish are typically found in the refrigerated section or sold at deli counters of grocery stores and delicatessens.
  • Pregnant women should avoid all contact with wild and domestic animals and wash their hands, face and other affected areas should contact occur.

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately for appropriate treatment should you experience Listeriosis symptoms.

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