By Kimberly Chin
Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is voluntarily recalling all Dole-branded and private-label packaged salads that were processed at its Springfield, Ohio and Soledad, Calif., production facilities that contained iceberg lettuce, from Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Citing concerns of potential health risks. ,
The company said it issued a voluntary recall after testing harvest equipment used to harvest raw iceberg lettuce and found it contained disease-causing bacteria.
Dole said no illness has been reported from these products so far. It said it was working closely with regulatory authorities.
The recalled salads were distributed in several states throughout the US and some Canadian provinces.
Dole said no other products, including its fresh fruits and farm-packed vegetables, were part of the voluntary recall.
In late December, Dole issued a voluntary recall for salads processed at its Bessemer City, NC, and Yuma, Ariz., facilities because of potential health risks from contamination with the same bacteria.
Days later, holding company Dole Plc said it had launched a “detailed investigation” into the matter and was working closely with regulatory agencies. Dole temporarily ceased operations at both its packaging facilities and carried out extensive cleaning and sanitisation. Dole said at the time that the temporary suspension could cost between $15 million and $25 million.
Listeria is a bacteria that can contaminate food and cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
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