Dole voluntarily recalls packaged salads

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Co Inc, is voluntarily recalling all salad bearing the label "Dole Hearts Delight" sold in the United States and Canada with a "best if used by (BIUB)" date of Sept 19, 2007, and a production code of "A24924A" or "A24924B" stamped on the package. The "best if use by (BIUB)" code date can be found in the upper right hand corner of the front of the bag. The salad was sold in plastic bags of 227 grams in Canada and one-half pound in the United States, with UPC code 071430-01038.

Symptoms of E coli O157:H7 exposure could include stomach cramps and diarrhea; bloody diarrhea may develop. E coli disease sometimes leads to a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

To date, Dole has received no reports that anyone has become sick from eating these products. The recall is occurring because a sample in a grocery store in Canada was found through random screening to contain E coli O157:H7. No other Dole salad products are involved.

This product was sold in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and neighboring states. Consumers can call the Dole Consumer Center toll-free at 800-356-3111.

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