Dole Baby Spinach recalled over Salmonella concerns
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily specific packages of their Baby Spinach products because the items tested positive for Salmonella in sample testing, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent Aug. 12.
The Defense Commissary Agency has publicized this recall to all its stores, said Richard Stith, lead consumer safety officer for DeCA headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia. Whenever a commissary has recalled or withdrawn products in its inventory, they are immediately removed from store shelves.
The following products are affected by this recall:
- Dole Baby Spinach, 6 ounce bag.: UPC 0-71430-00964-2 with lot code W20308A and “use by” date 08-05-2019
- Dole Baby Spinach, 10 ounce clamshell: UPC 0-71430-00016-8 with lot code W203010 and “use by” date 08-05-2019
The lot code and “use by” date are located on the upper right corner of the bag and on the top label of the clamshell. The UPC code is located on the bottom left corner on the back of the bag and on the bottom label of the clamshell.
No other Dole products are affected by this recall and no illnesses have been reported related to this recall.
Salmonella can be potentially life-threatening, especially to infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. It can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella’s most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Salmonella’s symptoms usually develop between eight to 72 hours after consumption of the contaminated food and last about four to seven days.
Customers should return the product to the commissary of purchase for a full refund.
Questions about this recall can be directed to the Dole Consumer Center at 800-356-3111, 24 hours a day.