Dole Orders Recall Of its Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits After Mislabeling Allergens; The Third This Year Alone
Dole has volunteered to recall its products for the third time this year in select states to protect consumers with certain food allergies.
According to online media reports, Dole has started to pull out its Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits from store shelves across Wisconsin, New York, and Ohio in early February.
The reason behind the recall? It was found out that the dressings and toppings used in the salads may have contained food allergens that were not properly disclosed.
This can potentially harm customers who have specific food allergies and requirements that follow a strict diet regimen.
The Dole Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits recall involves the subjected product with best-by-date tags of 2-11-2021.
According to the company’s official pronouncements, the affected Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits contained wheat and nut ingredients, and these were not included in the product’s label.
Additionally, Dole shared that a packaging mistake occurred, resulting in the inclusion of the wrong salad toppings and ingredients in their packaged salad kit.
For customers from the three states who may have already bought a Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits that is a part of the recall, they can return them to the store where they bought it to obtain a full refund.
As of press time, there are no reported incidents of customers who have bought the packaged Dole Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kits suffering from food allergies.
Nevertheless, authorities from the United States Food and Drug Administration or FDA warn that people are afflicted with food allergies must gear away from products that contain allergens as much as possible.
Even the slightest of exposure or consumption may cause individuals to suffer from adverse illness brought upon by their food allergy.
It is noteworthy that this is not the first time Dole has done a recall concerning their bagged salad kits product line up for undeclared food allergens in them.
Two were actually initiated last month, in January, after their Endless Summer Salad Kit and Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kit actually contained food allergens such as egg and fish.
These ingredients were not indicated in any of the products’ packaging labels.
Food allergy is one of the most prevalent ailments in the country, with reports approximating 15 million Americans have some sort of food-related allergy.
Among these, five million are young children. Different people suffer from a variety of symptoms as reactions whenever they are exposed to a certain allergen.
They may range from itching in the mouth to rashes to anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction that is almost always fatal and requires a trip to the Emergency room.
About the company
Dole or officially known as Dole Food Company, Inc., is an American multinational food conglomerate.
With its roots traced back to the Aloha State, the company was founded in 1851 and started as a business entity mainly dealing with pineapple plantations.
It has then expanded over the years to become the world’s largest company producing fresh fruit and vegetable products, making the company more than $4.5 billion in revenue in 2019.
Headquartered in California, the company is a multinational business entity with a presence in countries around the world through its official subsidiaries.
Editor’s Note on Dole Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kit Recall:
This feature is created to update you of the latest recall done by Dole concerning one of its bagged salad kits being mislabeled yet again for the presence of select food allergens in their ingredients.
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