Whew! Looks like Fort Worth dodged this bullet.
Following a random check by the FDA, Dole issued a voluntary recall of their Hearts of Romaine bagged salad.
The affected product is coded 0540N165112A or B, with a use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956. That is the only product code, UPC code, and use-by date included in this recall, and no other salads or Dole products are affected (WebMD).
While it did test positive for Listeria monocytogenes, no illnesses had been reported. Many were not that fortunate last year when a Listeria recall involved cantaloupes and many people were stricken...click here to read more on this.
The affected lots were shipped to the East and Southeast states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. As per latest reports, none were shipped to Texas.
Although Listeriosis is usually contracted through ingesting meat products (especially deli meats) it can also come from environments where fecal matter (poop) comes in contact with fruits or vegetables in the field or during processing/preparation.
So is there any way to avoid contracting Listeriosis? The good news is - yes. Basically, the same good-practice steps taken to avoid Salmonella and E-coli are the same ones you can take to reduce your risk for Listeria...click here for more info.
Even romaine can be cooked:
Drizzle a quartered head with olive oil or your favorite salad dressing, go outside and slap it onto a hot BBQ grill. Once those grill marks show up, flip it over to mark the other side - DELISH!
So don't forgo healthy foods like cantaloupes, romaine, tomatoes, and spinach; just use proper care.