WASHINGTON, DC – Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. extended a voluntary recall of packaged salads containing iceberg lettuce due to a risk of listeria contamination, federal officials announced this week. The products were distributed in two dozen other states, including Virginia and the District.
If consumers have lettuce that is part of the recall, the products should be thrown out right away, officials said.
“Consumers who still have any of these products in their refrigerators are encouraged not to ingest the product and discard it immediately,” the company said in a statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
The company issued a recall in December after two people died and 16 people became ill after consuming Dole salads, the KTLA reported.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can be fatal and can cause serious infection in young children, immunocompromised or elderly people, according to the FDA.
Healthy people can only suffer from short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the FDA.
The extended recall included Dole and private label packages that include iceberg lettuce. The salad was processed in Springfield, Ohio and Soledad, California, according to the company.
No illnesses were reported prior to the most recent recall, which included DC and Virginia.
The equipment used to harvest iceberg lettuce tested positive for listeria, according to Dole.
Any compromised products from Springfield included a product code beginning with the letter “W” and a “best if used by” date between December 22, 2021 and last Sunday.
Products voluntarily recalled from Soledad were identified with a product code beginning with the letter “B” and a “best if used by” date between December 23, 2021 and last Saturday.
“No other Dole product, including fresh fruit and field-packed fresh vegetables, is part of these voluntary recalls and is safe to consume,” the company said.
Direct questions about the recall to the Dole Consumer Response Center, 800-356-3111, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time.