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A division of Dole Food Company, Inc., Dole Fresh Vegetables – announced a voluntary salad recall in the U.S. and Canada with the label “Dole Hearts Delight” due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination.

The recalled salad has a “best if used by (BIUM) date of September 19, 2007 and a production code of “A24924A” or “A24924B” stamped on the package.

The recall was announced after a sample at a grocery store in Canada was found through random screening to contain E. coli O157:H7. Dole has not received any reports of illness to date.

Eric Schwartz, President, Dole Fresh Vegetables, stated: “Our overriding concern is for consumer safety. We are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and several U.S. state health departments.”

E.coli exposure symptoms can include diarrhea (often times bloody) and stomach cramps. E. coli can at times lead to complications called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Consumers who may have any of the recalled salads in their home should discard them immediately or return them to the store of purchase.

This product was sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and neighboring states in the U.S.

For more information on this subject, please visit our section on E. coli Information.

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