Among the latest food recalls is mega produce brand Dole’s curly-leafed parsley. Reportedly, Dole issued a voluntary recall on parsley after a Michigan sample saw contamination.
The decision came after the Michigan Department of Agriculture completed a “random, routine regulatory sample…tested positive for non-O157 STEC (Shigatoxin-producing E. coli),” according to the Food & Drug Administration’s website.
Delish stated that the “precautionary limited recall” currently applies to five U.S. states. The outlet further stated packages sporting a harvest date between August 18th and August 19, 2021 contain the parsleys recalled. The five states which received that particular shipment consist of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri.
Further, those customers who’ve purchased Dole parsley within the applicable states should check for two things. The first is the PLU number. The one to avoid displays the number 4899 on its twist tie. The second is the UPC and customers should check for the code, 0 3383 80330 0. The shipments featuring the previous two codes are currently the only products facing recall.
Additionally, according to the recall notice, no signs of illness have occurred since. However, the FDA did report that this particular strand of E. coli may produce foodborne illness should people consume it. The agency stated signs of illness may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The most vulnerable individuals include children, the elderly, and people possessing weakened immune systems.
For now, all other Dole parsleys received no recalls.
Food Recalls Persisted Through the Summer
Dole’s curly-leafed parsley is only the latest in the most recent announcement of recalls. Earlier this summer, several brands across the U.S. saw several various recalls.
Prior to Dole, Willow Tree Poultry Farm saw a recall of more than 52,000 pounds of its chicken salad products. Inspections found that pieces of “hard white plastic” found their way into the company’s products. In response, Willow Tree Poultry Farm voluntarily recalled 100% of the product produced on the day the plastic pieces were found.
Additionally, the popular brand Hostess saw a recall of many of its hotdog and hamburger rolls following fears of salmonella and listeria. The August announcement pertained to Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Hostess Soft White Hot Dog Buns.
According to the FDA, consumers should continue to look for the recalled products as the announcement pertains to items with expiration dates extending as far as early October. While all recalls pose some kind of threat to potential consumers, salmonella and listeria are incredibly dangerous for several reasons.
Although healthier individuals may only experience symptoms such as the ones stated above, many may suffer much more serious reactions. Those with weaker immune systems can experience worse reactions, severe infections, or even death if the contamination is bad enough.
Again, children and the elderly are most at risk and pregnant women could suffer miscarriages and stillbirths should they consume the affected buns.