- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

At least nine states are recalling Dole Food lettuce after it tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Co. Inc., today announced that it is voluntarily recalling all salad with the label Dole Hearts Delight sold in the U.S. and Canada. It has been almost one year since Dole announced a nationwide recall of bagged spinach, also because of E. coli contamination.

This recall affects packages sold in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee starting Sept. 8, said Marty Ordman, a Dole spokesman. Dole lettuce sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada also is affected.

The tainted bag of Dole’s Hearts Delight salad mix was sold at a store in Canada. So far, Dole has not received reports of anyone getting sick from the product.

E. coli bacteria can cause severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people infected by E. coli can suffer seizures or strokes, some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis, while others may live with permanent kidney damage.

The voluntary recall affects all packages of Hearts Delight sold in the U.S. and Canada with a “best if used by” date of Sept. 19, 2007, and a production code of “A24924A” or “A24924B.” Eighty-eight cases or 528 bags were distributed in Canada, and 755 cases containing 4,530 bags were distributed in the U.S., a company spokesman said.

“We are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and several U.S. state health departments,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Dole Fresh Vegetables.

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