Dole Recalls Fresh Curly Parsley Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

If you bought any of the recalled parsley, throw it away immediately

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Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling some of its conventionally grown fresh curly parsley after one sample was found to be contaminated with Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli, the Food and Drug Administration announced Sept. 10. No illnesses have been reported, but Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli has the potential to cause serious illness, kidney failure, and death. 

The problem was discovered during routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The parsley was harvested Aug. 18 and 19 and shipped to retailers, distributors, and wholesalers in Iowa, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri.

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Consumers should check the twist ties on any curly parsley they might have bought. PLU number 4899 and UPC 0 3383 80330 0 indicate that the parsley is part of the recall. If you have this product, don’t eat it; throw it away.

Proper cooking would kill this strain of E. coli, but people don’t always cook ready-to-eat products, like fresh parsley,” says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety research and testing at CR. “You can’t rinse away all the bacteria, and even a very small amount of it in a food could be enough to make someone sick.” And even if you intend to cook the parsley, in cases like this where there’s a recall because of possible contamination, you shouldn’t take the chance.

Dole did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dole Curly Leaf Parsley Twist Tie Label
A twist tie showing the PLU number and UPC for the recalled Dole fresh curly parsley.

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Symptoms of E. Coli

The symptoms of E. coli infection typically start one to three days after eating contaminated food but may occur as late as 10 days afterward. The symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a slight fever.

A small number of people infected with Shiga-toxin-producing bacteria develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that affects the blood vessels and can lead to kidney failure and death.

This condition, which includes symptoms such as extreme fatigue, decreased urination, and paleness in the cheeks and under the eyes, typically occurs about seven days after E. coli symptoms first start. 

Young children, older people, and those with a compromised immune system are at greatest risk for serious complications from an E. coli infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeing a doctor if you have a high fever, bloody diarrhea, or severe vomiting, or if diarrhea lasts longer than three days.

The Details

Product recalled: Dole Fresh Curly Parsley with a PLU number 4899 and UPC 0 3383 80330 0 on the twist tie.

The problem: The parsley may be contaminated with Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli.

The fix: Throw the product away. Information on obtaining a refund was not immediately available.

How to contact the manufacturer: If you have any questions, call the Dole Consumer Center at 800-356-3111, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Trisha Calvo

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