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Massive recall on Dole bagged salads after possible listeria contamination in 10 states

A voluntary recall from Dole Fresh Vegetables was announced on certain bagged salads following a sample test showing a positive result for listeria.

The salads are under different names and were distributed to ten different states.

The FDA shared the announcement last week but no illness or cases of listeria have been reported yet.


A sample of garden salad was tested by the Georgia Department of Agriculture which showed up positive for listeria, prompting the recall out of an abundance of precaution.

The following products are being recalled:

  • 24-ounce Dole™ Garden Salad, with lot codes N28205A and N28205B, and the UPC code 0-71430-01136-2
  • 24-ounce Marketside™ Classic Salad, with lot codes N28205A and N28205B, and the UPC code 6-81131-32895-1
  • 12-ounce Kroger™ Brand Garden Salad, with lot codes N28211A and N28211B, and the UPC code 0-11110-91036-3
  • 12-ounce Salad Classics™ Garden Salad, with lot codes N28211A and N28211B, and the UPC code 6-88267-18443-7

All the salads have the same best if used by date of Oct. 25, 2021.


Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia were all states that received products.

Listeria impacts on average 1,600 per year with around 260 dying. Those at highest risk are those over 65, pregnant women, newborns, and young children as well as those with weakened immunity.

Pregnant women are ten times more likely to contract listeria, and pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times as likely. It can cause miscarriage, stillbirths, and preterm labor.



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