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Listeria Detected in Bagged Salads Prompts Voluntary Recall

EMSL Analytical provides advanced testing services for Listeria monocytogenes and other foodborne pathogens.


According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a voluntary recall of select Dole American Blend salad bags due to possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

The contamination was detected after a random test conducted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 12 oz. bags coded A275208A or B, with a use-by date of 10/17/12 and UPC 7143000933.

The tainted lettuce bags were distributed to ten states including Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with this recall.

Consuming a product contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause a bacterial infection in the body known as listeriosis, an infection with a 20 percent mortality rate. Symptoms of listeriosis include chills, fever, muscle aches, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

“Healthy individuals are usually able to recover from this illness without treatment, but children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with weak immune systems are more susceptible to developing a severe case of listeriosis,” states Dr. Jason Dobranic, EMSL’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences. “EMSL Analytical is the nation’s leading food testing laboratory and provides quality testing services for pathogens, such as Listeria monocytogenes, in our advanced microbiology laboratories across the country.”

For more information about EMSL’s food testing division, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, email , or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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