MONTEREY, CALIF., September 17 /CNW/ - Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division
of Dole Food Company, Inc., today announced that it is voluntarily recalling
all salad bearing the label "Dole Hearts Delight" sold in the U.S. and Canada
with a "best if used by (BIUB)" date of September 19, 2007, and a production
code of "A24924A" or "A24924B" stamped on the package. The "best if use by
(BIUB)" code date can be located 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 U.S., 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 (HUS). If you exhibited any of
these symptoms within 3 to 5 days of consuming any of the products specified
above, seek medical attention.
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.
Eric Schwartz, President, Dole Fresh Vegetables, stated: "Our overriding
concern is for consumer safety. We are working closely with the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and several U.S.
state health departments."
Consumers who may still have any of the "Dole Hearts Delight" salads with
a "best if used by date" of September 19 and a production code of "A24924A" or
"A24924B" should dispose of the product. 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 in the U.S. Consumers can call the Dole Consumer Center toll-free at
800-356-3111. Consumers are reminded that products should not be consumed
after the "best if used by" date.
Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2006 revenues of $6.2 billion, is the
world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh
vegetables and fresh-cut flowers. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and
frozen foods and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and
This release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of
risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements, which are based on
management's current expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of
terms such as "may," "will," "expects," "believes," "intends" and similar
expressions. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those expressed or implied herein include
weather-related phenomena; market responses to industry volume pressures;
product and raw materials supplies and pricing; changes in interest and
currency exchange rates; economic crises and security risks in developing
countries; international conflict; and quotas, tariffs and other governmental
actions. Further information on the factors that could affect Dole's financial
results is included in its SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form
For further information:
For further information: Dole Food Company, Inc. Marty Ordman,