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Table Of Contents
- Update: Dole Organic Romaine Hearts Recalled for E. Coli Contamination
- Amid Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Warns Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce
- What’s the problem?
- Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
- Canal Water Identified as Source of E. coli Contamination
- 4 More Deaths in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce
- CDC Identifies Romaine Lettuce as Source of 11-State E. Coli Outbreak
- Do I Have a Dole Romaine Lettuce Recall Lawsuit?
Update: Dole Organic Romaine Hearts Recalled for E. Coli Contamination
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is recalling the following products  which may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria:
- Dole Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1), combined English/French packaging, with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20
- Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2), with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20.
The recalled lettuce was distributed in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia.
This recall began on November 21, 2020.
Amid Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Warns Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers on Tuesday to avoid eating romaine lettuce over Thanksgiving, as it may be contaminated with E. coli. At least 32 people, including 13 who required emergency hospitalization due to the severity of their symptoms, have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli in 11 states, according to the CDC.
What’s the problem?
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today announcing that Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling the following products because they may be tainted with listeria:
- Dole Hearts of Romaine coded 0540N165112A or B, with a use-by date of June 26 and UPC 714300095
The product code and use-by date can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the package and the UPC code on the back of the package.
Although the lettuce in question is already three days past its use-by date and is unlikely to still be available at the retail level, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to make sure that none of the product leaks into circulation.
The problem was initially identified when a sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for listeria in a routine test conducted by the FDA. Consumers who have the lettuce being recalled in their possession should discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone concerned about a listeria food poisoning illness should contact their healthcare provider right away.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause a foodborne illness known as listeriosis in individuals who consume food contaminated with it. Signs and symptoms of listeriosis may include:
- muscle aches
- gastrointestinal problems
The illness is typically the most severe in children, the elderly, pregnant women, and adults with compromised immune systems. Most healthy adults rarely become seriously ill from listeria food poisoning.
Canal Water Identified as Source of E. coli Contamination
Federal health officials have determined that tainted canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields in Yuma, Arizona, is the likely source of a rare strain of E. coli that has sickened at least 210 people across 36 states, killing 5. Authorities are still investigating how the bacteria got into the canal.
4 more people have been confirmed dead in a multi-state outbreak of E. coli poisoning linked to romaine lettuce , CDC said on Friday, bringing the total to 5 lives claimed in the outbreak. At least 25 new additional E.coli cases have been confirmed with the agency, bringing the total to 197 cases in 35 states, CDC said.
CDC Identifies Romaine Lettuce as Source of 11-State E. Coli Outbreak
Chopped romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona, has been identified as the culprit in a recent E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people across 11 states. All restaurants and retailers have been asked by the CDC to talk to their food suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce and to stop selling or servicing any that was grown in Yuma, Arizona.
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Do I Have a Dole Romaine Lettuce Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Dole romaine lettuce recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one had symptoms of food poisoning after eating recalled Dole romaine lettuce, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a listeria food poisoning suit and we can help.