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Dole Salad Salmonella Alert

Dole Seven Lettuces packageDole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling over 750 cases of DOLE® Seven Lettuces salad with Use-by Date of April 11, 2012.

While no illness has yet been associated with eating the salads, a random sample collected by the State of New York found contamination with Salmonella.

The recalled packages have a UPC code of 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B.

Consumers should check the codes and the use-by date and throw out any suspicious salads. Retailers are being told to check shelves for any remaining Dole Seven Lettuce salads and remove them.

If you have questions, you can call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PDT) Monday – Friday.

People with cancer or who are on chemotherapy should be especially careful to avoid foods that may carry bacteria. They have less healthy immune systems and can become seriously ill from Salmonella infections.  Young children and the elderly are also at risk for severe, sometimes life-threatening infections.

More information about Salmonella from the Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps that develop 12 to 72 hours after eating something contaminated by the bacteria. Most healthy adults recover without treatment, but severe cases may require a trip to the hospital and antibiotics.

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