Dole salad recalled over listeriosis fears

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The public is being warned not to eat a brand of salad sold in several provinces because it may be contaminated with bacteria that causes listeriosis.

Dole Italian Blend Salad from the U.S. is sold in a 283-gram (10 ounce) plastic bag bearing UPC 0 71430 00819 5 and with a best-before date of June 19.

The salad has been distributed in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a statement, adding the salad may also have been distributed in other provinces.

There have been no reports of illnesses linked to eating the product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which cause listeriosis, may not look or smell spoiled.

Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the food inspection agency at 1-800-442-2342 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday.

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Geographic location: U.S., Ontario, Quebec New Brunswick

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  • Mary Benedict
    June 24, 2011 - 07:15

    I buy this salad all the time and we just finished some the first of the week, too late for the warning, I would appreciate an earlier warning next time. These days we try to eat healthy but you never know what you are eating, if it is going to kill you or keep you healthy.

  • Derek
    June 23, 2011 - 11:51

    Best before date June 19th. Todays date June 23rd. Just a little late for this warning don't you think? Might be useful in explaining some of the symptoms people may have though.

    • Robert
      June 23, 2011 - 12:51

      Its not too late if that package is still sitting in your fridge! Best before is just a guide not a guarantee! We all flirt with best befores!