Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts due to a risk of E. coli.
The recall is for the Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1) and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2). Both items have harvested-on dates of October 23 and October 26.
Dole Fresh Vegetables says they are coordinating closely with regulatory officials. According to the company, no illnesses have been reported to date in association with the recall.
Pathogenic E. coli can cause diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and can be more severe.
The harvested-on sticker is located on the upper right corner of each bag and the UPC code is located on the bottom right corner of the back of each bag.
Stores in 15 states - Virginia, Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, and North Dakota - have sold the affected items.
The products were harvested and packed nearly 4 weeks ago and should no longer be on shelves, according to the company.
Consumers are advised to check product they have in their homes and discard any product matching the production description, UPC codes and Harvested-On dates listed above.
During a routine sample collected at a retail store by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the E. coli was found.
No other Dole products are included in the recall.
People who have these romaine hearts should throw them away and not eat them. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111.