Second recall hits two more Dole facilities
A Listeria-prompted recall late last year resulted in Dole temporarily suspending operations from two production facilities; now the company is pulling packaged salads processed at its Springfield, OH, and Soledad, CA, facilities as well.
The company announced a recall of all packaged salads processed in Bessemer City, NC, and its Yuma, AZ, the final week of December. The temporary suspension of operations at both facilities was estimated to cost the company between $15 million and $25 million.
At the time no products produced from Dole facilities in Springfield or Soledad were included; however, now the company has recalled packaged salads containing iceberg lettuce processed in Springfield and Soledad due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The Springfield and Soledad recall was initiated after harvest equipment used in the harvesting of the raw iceberg lettuce material used in these finished products was tested by Dole and found to contain Listeria monocytogenes.
Products subject to the voluntary recall can be found here.
The Bessemer City and Yuma recall came about when a strain of Listeria was isolated in a single package of Dole-branded Garden Salad produced in the Bessemer City facility and a single package of shredded iceberg lettuce produced in the Yuma, AZ facility. Those items were randomly sampled by the state of Georgia and the state of Michigan, respectively, and were a genetic match with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes, which FDA and CDC believe is responsible for 16 illnesses since 2014.