Dole Fresh Vegetables has just issued a voluntary recall for cases of its Dole Spinach bagged salad due to a possible salmonella contamination, which poses a major health risk. Reports have said that as much as 33,600 bags of spinach are part of this recall. Moreover, the company says they are currently working with regulatory officials on the matter. So far, there have been no reported illnesses with regard to the recalled product.
The recall involves bags of Dole Spinach with codes A27409B and A27409A. Moreover, the affected products also has the “Enjoy By” date of October 15 as well as the code UPC 7143000976. The product codes and “Enjoy By” date can actually be found in the upper right-hand corner of the package while the UPC code can be found on the back of the package.
Dole Fresh Vegetables says that the issue was discovered during a random sample test done by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development; Laboratory Division, which revealed salmonella presence in a sample of Dole Spinach salad.
However, the company says the issue is an “isolated instance” and that the recall is more precautionary. In this regard, Dole Fresh Vegetables wants to stress that there are no other salad products affected by the recall. Moreover, the Dole Baby Spinach product is also not affected.
According to The Washington Post, a Dole company spokesman has said that there are actually 2,800 cases of Dole Spinach that is currently being recalled. Each of these cases holds 12 bags of the product. Moreover, these affected products were said to have been distributed across 13 states, including Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Dole Fresh Vegetables says their customer representatives are already in the process of contacting retailers to confirm that the recalled spinach bags have already been removed from store shelves. Meanwhile, the company is also urging customers who have already purchased the recalled product to stop consumption immediately.