Giant removes romaine lettuce from shelves

Dole recall spurs removal

BALTIMORE - Giant Food removed Dole Hearts of Romaine lettuce due to a possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

The affected bagged lettuce bears the UPC 7143000956, with a use-by date of June 26.

The lettuce removal follows a recall issued by Dole Fresh Vegetables

No illnesses have been reported to date. Customers who have purchased the lettuce should throw out any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to Giant Food for a full refund.

Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 1-800-356-3111.

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