Dole has announced yet another preventative bagged salad recall, the FDA reports, because they’re concerned that the lettuce, which was sold under WalMart and Kroger generic brands, could have been contaminated by Listeria, the bacteria that resulted in 30 cantaloupe-related deaths last year. Well over 1,000 cases of bagged romaine and other lettuce have been recalled. No illnesses have been reported yet, but there’s a good chance that consumers in the six impacted states may still have the questionable produce in their refrigerator.
Consumers in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are being advised to check their bags of Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, and WalMart Marketside Leafy Romaine. The recall was announced on Friday, after one sample of Romaine lettuce from North Carolina tested positive for the bug. The bags in question are past the sell-by date, the FDA advises, so it’s unlikely they’re on grocer’s shelves–but they may still be in your refrigerator. Find the UPC codes and sell-by dates of specific bags here.
If this all sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Just a few months ago, Dole recalled a number of bagged salads due to potential Salmonella contamination. No consumers were reported sickened by the salads–it was a preemptive measure, just like this one–but that doesn’t necessarily mean someone didn’t get queasy from a restaurant salad or sandwich and failed to report it to a doctor because it didn’t seem serious. Which is why, again, I’ll advise everyone who comes down with a case of food poisoning to seek medical attention–if not for your own upset stomach, than for the other consumers who could possibly be sickened by contaminated, but unreported, food items.
Here’s what the FDA has to say about Listeria:
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item 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.
If you’re concerned you may have eaten contaminated lettuce (or any tainted food), please seek the guidance of your health care professional, to ensure that the FDA is notified.
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