Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. announced it was recalling salads sold in Newport Beach containing iceberg lettuce because of listeria contamination. (Getty Images)NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. expanded a voluntary recall of packaged salads containing iceberg lettuce in California because of a risk of listeria contamination, federal officials announced this week.”Consumers who still have any of these products in their refrigerators are urged not to consume the product and to discard it immediately,” the company said in a statement posted by the Food and Drug Administration. The company issued a recall in December after two people died and 16 people became ill after consuming Dole salads, KTLA reported.Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can be deadly and can cause serious infection in young children, immunocompromised or older people, according to the FDA. Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the FDA.Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!The expanded recall included Dole and private-label packages that include iceberg lettuce. The lettuce was processed in Springfield, Ohio, and Soledad, California, according to the company. The equipment used to harvest iceberg lettuce tested positive for listeria, according to Dole.No illnesses were reported preceding the most recent recall, which involved products that were sold in two dozen states, including California. Possibly compromised products from Springfield included a product code beginning with the letter “W” and a “best if used by” date between Dec. 22, 2021, and last Sunday.Products voluntarily recalled from Soledad were identified by a product code beginning with the letter “B” and a “best if used by” date between Dec. 23, 2021, and last Saturday. “No other Dole products, including fresh fruit and field-packed fresh vegetables, are part of these voluntary recalls and are safe to consume,” the company said. Direct questions about the recall to the Dole Consumer Response Center, 800-356-3111, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Patch Editor Kat Schuster contributed to this report.Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.ThankReply Share
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