Dole Food Company has recalled some of its bagged salads sold in South Carolina amid concerns of a listeria contamination.
The recall affects more than 1,000 cases of bags sold under the Kroger Fresh Selections and Wal-Mart Marketside brands. Dole voluntarily recalled the bags after a random sample test by North Carolina health officials found a positive result for listeria. No illnesses have been reported.
Since the use-by date was June 19, Dole officials say it is unlikely any affected bags are still on the shelves, but they are working with Kroger and Wal-Mart to find any items remaining in the stores’ inventory.
Affected brands include:
— Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme coded N158 211B 1613 KR04 with a use-by date of June 19 and UPC 11110 91039
— Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine coded N158 111B KR11 with a use-by date of June 19 and UPC 11110 91046
— Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine coded N158111B with a use-by date of June 19 and UPC code 81131 02781
The bags were distributed in the Southeast, specifically Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. No other Wal-Mart Marketside or Kroger Fresh Selections salads are included in the recall.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats food contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.