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UPDATED: Dole recalls bags of Seven Lettuces salad

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 3:30 p.m.) Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 756 cases of Dole Seven Lettuces salads after state inspectors in New York detected salmonella in a random sample of the bagged salad.

“It was tested April 2, and FDA picked it up at retail in New York state,” said Marty Ordman, vice president of marketing and communications at Dole Food Co.

The sampled product originated at a Dole Fresh Vegetables plant in Bessemer City, N.C., Ordman said.

“This was very isolated,” he said. “There were only 756 cases with a best used-by date of April 11. It’s already gone through the market and we’ve had no reported illnesses.”

Nicole Yuen, Stockton, Calif.-based FDA consumer safety officer, confirmed the sample was taken at a retail outlet but declined to name the city or store.

“We still need to confirm that through our traceback investigation,” Yuen said April 16. “When we’re completely done with the investigation we can provide that information.”

The salads were distributed in 15 states: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The retail bags have Universal Product Codes of 71430 and 01057 and produce codes of 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B.

No other lettuce was involved in the recall.

“Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories,” according to a Dole news release.

Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are contacting affected retailers.

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