FOLLOW UP ANNOUNCEMENT - DOLE FRESH VEGETABLES ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DOLE PACKAGED SALADS
SALINAS, California - October 01, 2005
Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Company, Inc., today announced that it is cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Minnesota and California State Departments of Health regarding an investigation of an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7, between September 13, and September 19, in the Minneapolis/St Paul area of Minnesota. The product in question may have been distributed nationally. Symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 exposure could include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Bloody diarrhea may develop. E. coli disease sometimes leads to a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). If you exhibited any of these symptoms within 3 to 5 days of consuming any of the three products specified below, seek medical attention.
The three varieties in question are Classic Romaine, and American Blend, with a "best-if-used-by (BIUB)" date of September 23, 2005, and a production code beginning "B250", or Greener Selection with a "best-if-used-by (BIUB)" date of September 22, 2005, and a production code beginning "B250", stamped on the package. The "best-if-use-by (BIUB)" code date can be located in the upper right hand corner of the front of the bag.
No other Dole salad products are involved.
Eric Schwartz, President, Dole Fresh Vegetables, stated: "Our over riding concern is for consumer safety. We are working with the US-FDA, the Minnesota Department of Health and the California Department of Health Services to determine the source of the contamination."
Consumers who may still have any of the three packaged salads listed above with a "best if used by date" of September 22, or September 23, and a production code beginning with "B250" should dispose of the product. Consumers are reminded that products should not be consumed after the "best if used by" date.
Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2004 revenues of $5.3 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.
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