Dole Spinach Salmonella Recall: Michigan, Wisconsin Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee Implicated
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. the company headquartered in Westlake Village, California, is the most prolific producer of fruits and veggies. Larger than any other fruit and vegetable producer in the world, they dole out more than 300 products to more than 90 countries. Not immune to pathogenic contamination, Dole is currently in the midst of a recall of some packages of baby spinach, due to a possible salmonella exposure. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Dole is voluntarily recalling a select variety of cases of baby spinach. Specifically, the 6-ounce bags of Dole Baby spinach with Lot code W20308A and 10-ounce clamshell containers of Dole Baby Spinach with Lot code w203010. Both products have the ‘use-by’ date of 08-05-2019. The company is working with public health officials to coordinate alerts to the public, including a recall of this product. There have been no reports of illness as a result of this reported salmonella contamination. As this product is now past its ‘pull-date’ there should no longer be a risk of this product being sold in retail shops.
The recall is a preventative measure due to a select sample of the Dole Baby Spinach having tested positive for salmonella. There is no concern with other Dole products at this time. States having received shipments of this product include: Michigan, Wisconsin Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Restaurants and consumers in possession of this product are urged to discard it or return it to the merchant. The Dole Company has a dedicated phone line for customers to call with any questions: 1-800-356-3111- in operation twenty-four hours a day.
Salmonella is a fairly common bacterial infection that quite often results in no major symptoms. This particular bacteria lives in the intestines of animals and humans and most often passed to other humans by way of contaminated feces. Salmonella most typically is contracted from undercooked meats or egg products but close to 20% of Salmonella cases are associated with vegetables, such as this Dole Baby Spinach contamination. When consumed symptoms associated with Salmonella can occur in as quickly as twelve hours or not for three days. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps. If you develop these symptoms drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration which can result in hospitalization. If severe dehydration occurs, seek medical intervention.