Recall alert: Dole recalls curly leaf parsley distributed in 5 states amid E. coli concerns

MONTEREY, Calif. — Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. on Friday issued a voluntary recall affecting a limited number of cases of conventional curly leaf parsley after random, regulatory testing revealed potential E. coli contamination.

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The sample, collected in Michigan, tested positive for Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, especially among children, the elderly and people with weakened immune symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the recall notice, the affected parsley has harvest dates of Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 and was distributed in Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri. No illnesses linked to the recall have been reported to date.

The affected product was distributed to retail stores, wholesalers and distributors in two pack sizes, including 74 cases of 60-count packages and 39 cases of 30-count packages. The product code for both sizes is 0 07143 000310 3. Meanwhile, individual bunches of parsley purchased by consumers have a price look-up number on binding twist-ties of 4899 and a UPC code of 0 3383 80330 0, the recall stated.

According to the company, the precautionary recall was initiated following a positive test result found in a single sample collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Consumers are advised not to consume the potentially contaminated products and to discard them. Retailers and and consumers with questions may call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111, which is open Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. PST.