Salad recall will not affect Foster’s customers

A recall of packaged salads due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes will not affect consumers in the Cayman Islands.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily halting operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility and is voluntarily withdrawing all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location, due to a listeria outbreak connected to the salads.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12 people in six states have been hospitalized due to the outbreak, and one person has died.

Foster’s Food Fair-IGA said in a press release this week that although the company’s stores do carry Dole salads, none of their locations have received any of the specific products recalled.

“Only various states and provinces in America and Canada are affected by this recall,” the Fosters press release said.

Products subject to the voluntary withdrawal are identified with a product code beginning with the latter “A” in the upper right-hand corner of the package. Other Dole products, including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and packaged salads from Dole’s other processing facilities with product codes beginning with the letter’s “B” or “N” are not part of this voluntary withdrawal.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause a serious and sometimes fatal infection called Listeriosis in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with a weakened immune system.