Dole announces romaine recall
Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts. The products being recalled are Dole Organic Romaine Hearts three-pack and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts. The recall is being conducted due to a possible health risk from E. coli in the two products.
The impacted products were distributed in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Virginia. These products were harvested and packed nearly four weeks ago and should no longer be in commerce.
Consumers are advised to check product they have in their homes and discard any product matching the production description, UPC codes and Harvested-On dates listed below.
The Dole Organic Romaine Hearts three-pack (UPC 0-71430-90061-1), combined English/French packaging, have Harvested-On dates of Oct. 23 and Oct. 26, and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2), have Harvested-On dates of Oct. 23 and Oct. 26.
Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the recall.
Pathogenic E. coli can cause diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and can be more severe.
This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a package of Dole Organic Romaine Hearts – three-pack yielded a positive result for pathogenic non-O157 E.coli STEC in a routine sample collected at a retail store by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. There is no indication at this time that this positive result is related to any illnesses nor consumer complaints and it is not associated with the strains connected to the ongoing outbreaks currently under regulatory investigation.
No other Dole products are included in the recall. This voluntary recall does not apply to any bagged or clamshell salad romaine product. Only the specific Organic Romaine Hearts listed, with the exact UPC codes and Harvested-On dates identified above, are included in the recall.