For the second time this week, bagged salads from a name-brand manufacturer — also sold under the store brands of some of the nation’s leading grocers — have been recalled after being linked to a deadly listeria outbreak.
This outbreak involves bagged salads from Dole. According to Dole’s FDA-posted recall notice, State of Georgia testing found listeria in Dole-brand Garden Salad made in the company’s Bessemer City, North Carolina, facility. State of Michigan testing found listeria in shredded iceberg lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the listeria strains discovered there match those in an outbreak that’s sickened 16 people, hospitalized 12 people and killed two people over 13 states. The FDA says the first illness occurred on Aug. 16, 2014, followed by another 15 illnesses from 2018 until Oct. 17, 2021.
“CDC investigated this outbreak in 2019 and 2020 but was unable to gather enough data to identify the source in the past,” the FDA said. “CDC reopened the investigation in November 2021 when four new illnesses were reported since the end of August.”
The CDC says, “Investigators are working to determine if additional products may be contaminated.”
Dole says it’s stopped operations at the plants “to conduct an extensive cleaning and sanitation protocol.”
Here’s what you need to know and do.
What bagged salads did Dole recall?
Below are the brands, as listed by Dole. For the varieties of each brand, check the list. Recalled products will have a product code in the upper right-hand corner of the package starting with an “N” (North Carolina) or “Y” (Yuma, Arizona) and the best-by date will be between Nov. 30, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022.
▪ Ahold (store brand of Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop)
▪ Kroger (store brand)
▪ Lidl (store brand)
▪ Little Salad Bar (Aldi store brand)
▪ Marketside (Walmart store brand)
▪ Naturally Better (Winn-Dixie, Harvey’s Bi-Lo, Fresco Y Mas store brand)
▪ Nature’s Promise (Hannaford store brand)
▪ Simply Nature (Aldi store brand)
Where were they sold?
The salads made in the North Carolina facility went to Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The salads made at the Arizona facility went to Florida, New York, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
What should I do if I have a recalled salad?
Throw it out or return it to the store of purchase for a full refund.
If you have questions, call Dole at 800-356-3111, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Time.
What is listeria?
Listeria kills about 260 of the 1,600 Americans infected each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In addition to senior citizens and children under 5 being the most vulnerable to salmonella’s worse effects, add pregnant women. They can suffer stillbirths and miscarriage. Listeria symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, high fever, severe headaches, stomachaches, stiffness, confusion and poor balance.
This story was originally published December 23, 2021 9:12 AM.