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Bagged salads recalled due to potential listeria contamination

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Grocery stores continue to pull bagged salad off the produce shelves after Dole Fresh Vegetables voluntarily announced a recall on Thursday, due to the risk of listeria.

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with Use-by date of March 12, 2014 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states including, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported yet. This is a precautionary recall due to one sample of Dole Italian salad which yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms of infection 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.

Consumers who have any of the product should not consume it. Consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday - Friday.

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