Recalls have been a significant concern in recent months after several food products contaminated with Salmonella or Listeria. Many consumers are worried about what food will be recalled next, while health officials are doing their best to investigate and to notify retailers.
Though Salmonella and Listeria have been a shock to most, undeclared allergens have been an issue as well. From sausage meats to almond milk, these products contained undeclared restrictive ingredients that could cause harm to anyone who may have an allergic reaction.
It also seems that several times a year there are recalls on salad mixes, lettuce, or other forms of greens. We can't get through a season without a Salmonella or Listeria scare on our vegetables. Take Del Monte's recent recall for example.
Recently, another major company has issued a recall on its salad mix due to a Listeria concern. We are asking our readers to check their refrigerators and to let their family and friends know.
Dole Fresh Vegetbales Inc. recalls an undisclosed amount of their baby spinach packaged salad mix. Health officials found traces of Listeria monocytogenes in a product sample.
At this time, according to Food Safety News, the names of the retailers have not been provided.
“Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” according to the recall notice shared by the agency.
“Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are, particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.”
As of August 8, there has been no reported illness related to the recall. However, it can take up to 70 days after consuming the bacteria to show symptoms of an infection.
Dole Fresh Vegetabels Inc. has pulled their 142-gram "Baby Spinach with Tender Reds" from retailer shelves. The "best-before" date is August 4, 2018. The packaging has the date and any "time codes" starting with "W202011." It also contains the UPC number "0 71430 06069 8."
At this time, it appears that Dole's product is only in Canada at this time. The products were distributed to New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, and Prince Edward Island.
Be sure to inform your friends and family about this recall!