Ongoing listeria concerns have been causing panic among retailers and customers alike, and it has now spread to more products. Late last year, a list of salad products was recalled.
Listeria is incredibly difficult to get rid of, as it can survive on surfaces for a long time if the correct disinfecting methods aren’t followed. We’ve seen tons of these infections in recent years.
You might be at risk if you regularly buy pre-packaged salads or salad kits. Read on for details on the latest products that have been recalled from store shelves.
Here’s the backstory
Last year’s Dole and Fresh Express salad recall was linked to 32 illnesses and at least three deaths throughout the country. While the companies recalled the affected products as soon as possible, it seems that traces might have been left behind.
The FDA has issued an advisory over Dole Fresh Vegetables, specifically those containing iceberg lettuce and processed at its Ohio and California facilities. Products suspected of being contaminated with listeria have been recalled and should no longer be available for sale at various Kroger, HEB, or Walmart stores.
The FDA said listeria monocytogenes weren’t detected in the finished and packaged products. But after testing from Dole, it was discovered that the bacteria was present on “harvest equipment used in the harvesting of the raw iceberg lettuce.”
What you can do about it
Recalled products should never be consumed, and you must throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. Symptoms of listeria infection can include headaches, loss of balance, and even convulsions.
The recalled products are identified in two different ways:
Processed in Springfield, Ohio, these products have a lot code beginning with the letter “W” and a Best if used by date between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan. 9, 2022.
These have been distributed to AL, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA and WI states and include:
|Product Description||UPC Code|
|Dole 10oz Very Veggie||0-71430-01008-2|
|Dole 11oz Greener Selection||0-71430-00965-9|
|Dole 12oz American||0-71430-00933-8|
|HEB 12oz American Salad||0-41220-35500-6|
|HEB 8oz Shredded Lettuce||0-41220-35521-1|
|HEB 9.5oz Premium Ranch Kit||0-41220791569-0|
|Marketside 7.45 oz Premium Avocado Ranch Bowl||6-81131-37735-5|
|Marketside 11.75 oz Multi-Serve Southwestern Style Salad Bowl||6-81131-42361-8|
|Marketside 12oz Classic Salad||6-81131-32894-4|
|Marketside 8oz Shredded Lettuce||6-81131-32896-8|
|Presidents Choice 12.25oz Ranch Kit / Le Choix du President Ranch Kit de Salade||0-60383-00493-4|
|President’s Choice 12oz Garden Salad / Le Choix du President Salade Jardiniere||0-60383-22268-0|
|President’s Choice 13oz Sesame Ginger Kit / Le Choix du President Sesame et Gingembre||0-60383-02320-1|
|President’s Choice 13oz Southwest Salad Kit / Le Choix du President Sud-Ouest||0-60383-02319-5|
Products that have been processed in the Soledad, California facility can be identified by a product lot code beginning with the letter “B” and a Best if used by date between Dec. 23, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022.
These have been distributed across AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MD, ND, NE, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI and include:
|Product Description||UPC Code|
|Dole 10 oz Very Veggie / Ranache de Legumes||0-71430-01008-2|
|Dole 11 oz Greener Selection / Selection de Verdure||0-71430-00965-9|
|Dole 12 oz American / Melange Americain||0-71430-00933-8|
|Dole 12 oz Garden Salad / Salade du Jardin||0-71430-01135-5|
|Kroger 12 oz American Blend||0-11110-91041-7|
|Kroger 12 oz Classic Garden||0-11110-91036-3|
|Kroger 12 oz Veggie Blend||0-11110-91048-6|
|Kroger 24 oz Classic Garden||0-11110-91037-0|
|Kroger 8oz. Shredded Iceberg Lettuce||0-11110-91613-6|
|Marketside 16 oz Shredded Lettuce||6-81131-53209-9|
|Marketside 24 oz Classic Iceberg Salad||6-81131-32895-1|
|Marketside 8 oz Shredded Lettuce||6-81131-32896-8|
|Presidents Choice 12 oz Garden Salad / Le Choix du President Salade Jardiniere||0-60383-22268-0|
|Presidents Choice 12 oz Mixed Greens / Le Choix du President Melange de Legumes- Feuilles||0-60383-00188-9|
The complete list of recalled products can be found on the FDA’s website here. If you need more information on the recall, you can call the Dole Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific.