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More salads recalled over listeria monocytogenes concerns, a whole lot more

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling all of their iceberg lettuce salads processed at their Springfield, Ohio and Soledad, California production facilities over Listeria monocytogenes concerns. This isn’t a small number of salads either. All told, more than 70 salads are being recalled by Dole and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Since there are so many salads being recalled, it’s impossible to list them all here. We’ll have a link at the bottom of this post that will take you to the FDA’s website where you can find a full list of the recalled salads.

As we’ve written previously, and you likely know at this point, for most of us Listeria monocytogenes aren’t of serious concern. Listeria usually comes with a fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and a few other what many consider “minor” effects. For young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with weakened immune systems though, things can be much more serious. For these individuals, Listeria can cause sometimes fatal infections, as well as miscarriages or stillbirths in women who are pregnant. 

The way you’re going to identify the salads though is by their Product Lot Code. You’re looking for either a “W” or “B”. Salads with a “W” were produced between Dec. 22, 2021 and Jan. 9, 2022 in Springfield, Ohio. Salads with a “B” were produced in Soledad, California between Dec. 23, 2021 and Jan. 8, 2022.

Salads with a lot code of “W’ from Springfield, Ohio were distributed to 25 states. Those states are: AL, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA and WI. They were also distributed to Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec. Salads with a lot code of “B” from Soledad, California were distributed to 30 states. Those states are: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MD, ND, NE, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI. They were also distributed to Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

So far, no other Dole products are part of this recall. Dole has advised retailers to remove it from their shelves. If you’ve purchased any of these recalled products, you should discard them or return them to your retailer for a refund.

To read the full list of recalled products, click here: