Dole Recalls Salads Sold at HEB, Kroger, Walmart, and Other Stores Due to Listeria Concerns

The recall involves Dole and private-label products shipped to 37 states. No illnesses have been reported.

close up of salad with iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, corn, and dressing
The recalled bagged salads all contained iceberg lettuce.
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Dole Fresh Vegetables has announced a recall of packaged salads and salad kits containing iceberg lettuce from its U.S. production facilities in Soledad, Calif., and Springfield, Ohio. Dole initiated the recall after equipment used to harvest the lettuce tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported.

The dozens of products were sold under the Dole and various private-label brands—HEB, Kroger, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, and President’s Choice—and were shipped to stores in 37 states. 

You can identify the salads involved in the recall by checking the product code on the upper-right-hand corner on the front of the package. The products will either start with a W and have a “best if used by” date between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan. 9, 2022, or start with a B and have a “best if used by” date between Dec. 23, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022. (See the full list of products.)

detail of Dole packaging showing recalled product codes from production two facilities
Examples of recalled salad product codes for the Dole Soledad, Calif., plant (left) and the Springfield, Ohio, plant (right).

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Dole says consumers should throw away any recalled salad they may still have in their refrigerator, and contact the company to obtain a refund. 

This latest recall follows a similar one in late December 2021. Dole recalled more than 150 branded and private-label products produced at its Yuma, Ariz., and Bessemer City, N.C., facilities after salads tested positive for listeria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the strain of listeria in those products to an outbreak of illnesses. 

At this time, Dole company spokesperson William Goldfield told CR the company doesn’t know whether the two recalls are related. “We are working with the FDA to investigate the earlier recalls; and part of that investigation now includes the relationship, if any, between the earlier recalls and this newly announced recall.” 

Listeria is extremely hardy and difficult to eradicate from any production plant, according to James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety research and testing at CR. “Listeria can come from the production plant environment, or from the produce itself, from the soil, irrigation water, or even from animal feces,” Rogers says.

Because you can’t detect listeria by looking at the salad or by smelling it, nor can you wash it off, Rogers encourages you to check to make sure you don’t have any recalled product and to throw it away if you do—and don’t handle it because it’s easy to spread listeria from the produce to your hands, fingers, and kitchen surfaces.

Risks of Listeria

Common symptoms of listeria include diarrhea and fever, and can appear a week to four weeks after consuming contaminated food. But the CDC says there are cases where listeria occurred 70 days after consuming tainted foods. People usually recover without treatment.

Listeria becomes more serious when an infection spreads beyond the gut, says the CDC, and gets into a person’s bloodstream. People over 65, those who are pregnant, and anyone with a weakened immune system are at particular risk for more serious complications, which can include death. In pregnant people, a listeria infection can cause miscarriage.

The Details

Products recalled: Different types of salad products sold under the Dole, HEB, Kroger, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, and President’s Choice brands. The salads were sold in stores in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The problem: The salad products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The fix: If you have any of the recalled products in your refrigerator, don’t eat them. Throw them away and contact Dole for information on obtaining a refund.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call the Dole consumer response center to get a refund at 800-356-3111 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET; after hours, call 651-632-6181. You can also use the contact form on the Dole website.

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Lisa L. Gill

As a dorky kid, I spent many a Saturday at the Bloomington, Ind., public library, scouring Consumer Reports back issues for great deals. Now, as a (much) bigger kid, that's still my job! Identifying products and services, especially in healthcare, that are safe, effective, and affordable—and highlighting those that aren't—is my top concern. Got a tip? Follow me on Twitter ( @Lisa_L_Gill)