As is being reported by Food Safety News today, March 14, 2014, Dole is doing a voluntary recall of some of their packaged salad mixture as they may be contaminated with 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.
Product recalls of packaged produce are becoming quite common and the reason is rather simple. When you package produce, you give bacteria a perfect growing element. Remember that these products go from one extreme environment to another before they even hit the produce section of your store. It should also be pointed out that they are never truly organic. Once the produce is picked, it is packaged with various preservatives and this is the reason it can go from farm to transportation to warehouse and finally to the store.
The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. They were also distributed in three Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.
The listeria contamination was originally found in Canada but product from the same lot was sent to stores in the above listed states.
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