Dole Recalls Salad Due To Listeria Risk

By Amir Khan on June 26, 2012 8:54 AM EDT

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Dole is recalling more than 1,000 bags of bagged salad from stores in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia due to a risk of Listeria (Photo: Creative Commons)

Dole is recalling more than 1,000 bags of bagged salad from stores in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia due to a risk of Listeria. Dole announced the recall on Friday after a piece of romaine lettuce tested positive for the bacteria.

Listeria is an infection that causes fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Symptoms can appear anywhere from a few day to several months after you've eaten the contaminated food. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the nervous system and cause confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

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Listeria is most dangerous to pregnant women. While the mother may not experience many symptoms, the infection can be deadly to newborns.

Dole said no illnesses have been reported so far. In 2011, more than 30 people died from cantaloupe contaminated with Listeria. 

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