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Dole Recalls Bags of Garden Salad for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling bags of garden salad sold in Kroger stores because of concerns over listeria contamination.

According to a CBS News report, the recall was issued after a sample tested positive for listeria monocytogenes, an organism that has the potential to cause serious and even lethal infections.

The recall includes 12-ounce bags of Kroger Classic Garden Salad sold at Kroger stores in 10 states. The product is already beyond its Oct. 25, 2021 “best-if-used-by” date and should no longer be on store shelves, a notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Consumers should check their refrigerators for the recalled salad and are urged to discard them. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the company’s consumer line at 1-800-356-3111.

Symptoms and Dangers

Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that is found in water and soil. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil, and animals can also be carriers. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is the third leading cause of death from food-borne illnesses and results in about 260 deaths per year. Nearly everyone with listeriosis is hospitalized. The case-fatality rate is about 20%. About 25% of pregnancy-associated listeriosis cases result in fetal loss or death of the newborn.

Listeria infections could potentially cause serious and sometimes, fatal, infections in the young, elderly, or those with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC. People who consume food tainted with the bacteria may suffer from short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

But, there could also be more serious symptoms that could surface any time between two and 30 days of exposure. If the infection spreads to the nervous system it can cause stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions. A blood test can confirm an infection.

What Steps Can You Take?

If you suspect you have been sickened by something you ate, it is important that you get prompt medical attention. If you have any of the products in your home, isolate it so no one else consumes it, and have it tested in an independent lab for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local health care agency, which tracks these illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you seek and obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

 

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/product-recall-dole-salad-listeria/

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