Dole Food Co. has insisted the salmonella contamination that has sparked a recall of batches of its Seven Lettuces salad in the US did not originate with the company.
The company recalled 756 cases of Seven Lettuces salad, which were produced at the firm’s facility in Bessemer City in North Carolina.
A spokesperson for Dole told just-food today (16 April) that the salmonella contamination “was not picked up at our facility”.
“Nor is the facility being investigated,” the spokesperson emphasised.
The contaminated lettuce leaves were supplied to Dole by a grower in Florida, the spokesperson revealed.
The salads had been distributed to customers across fifteen states. However, the spokesperson said normal processing “never was interrupted” and the firm was able to maintain continuous levels of supply, insisting that lettuce involved was a “very, very small amount”.
Dole added it is cooperating with the authorities investigating the contamination.