Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced that Dole Fresh Vegetables of Salinas, California, is voluntarily recalling some of its Dole Cole Slaw because of possible contamination with salmonella.
The cole slaw is packaged in a 16-ounce “pillow type” plastic film with the code “BEST IF USED BY 02 05 01”. No other lots of the product are affected. The voluntary recall was prompted by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets after they discovered one package during a routine inspection that indicated the presence of salmonella. The slaw was distributed in Georgia and 28 other states.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience symptoms similar to a bad case of the flu. “I urge consumers to check their refrigerators to see if they have this product with this date code and to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange,” said Commissioner Irvin.