(Sept. 18) Dole Food Co. Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., recalled more than 5,000 of its Dole Hearts Delight bagged salads in nine U.S. states and Canada on Sept. 17 after a routine inspection discovered E. coli O157:H7 from a single bag in a Canadian supermarket.

The recall involves all Dole Hearts Delight salad blends sold in the U.S. and Canada, bearing the "best if used by" date of Sept. 19 and a production code of A24924A or A24924B. The salad has a UPC code of 0 71430-01038, according to a company news release.

The product was sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states in the U.S., the release said.

There were 4,530 bags distributed in the U.S. and 528 in Canada, Marty Ordman, Dole’s vice president of marketing and communications, told CNN.com.

“Our overriding concern is for consumer safety,” Eric Schwartz, president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, said in the news release. “We are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and several U.S. state health departments.”

As of Sept. 18, Dole had received no reports of illness linked to the Hearts Delight product.

Dole’s recall follows the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Sept. 16 warning for consumers not to eat the Dole salad blend and also comes just days after the one-year anniversary of a similar recall of Dole-brand bag of spinach in the U.S.

The romaine, green leaf and butter lettuce hearts that went into the mix were grown in California, Colorado and Ohio and processed at Dole’s plant in Springfield, Ohio, on Sept. 6, Ordman said in the article.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it would be looking to determine at what point the salad mix became contaminated and to see if any other products are affected, said spokesman Garfield Balsom, in the article.

Calif. Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, called A.G. Kawamura, agriculture secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture about the recall.

“I am very concerned that any produce subject to the leafy greens marketing agreement could make it not only to store shelves but into a foreign nation’s distribution system before contamination was found,” Florez said in a Sept. 17 statement.

Dole recalls Hearts Delight salads in U.S., Canada
Dole's Sept. 17 recall involves thousands of its Hearts Delight bagged salads in the U.S. and Canada.