press release

January 23, 2016

Media Contact:
Samantha Krepps
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GIANT/MARTIN’S ALERTS CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DOLE PACKAGED SALAD ITEMS

Carlisle, PA – Following a recall by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale select Dole packaged salad items that were processed at the Dole facility in Springfield, Ohio, due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Only items with a product code beginning with the letter “A” in the upper right-hand corner of the package (just below the best by date) are impacted by this recall.

The following products, with a product code beginning with the letter “A” in the upper right-hand corner of the package are included in this recall:

  • Dole Very Veggie, 12 oz., UPC 7143001005
  • Dole Chopped Sesame Asian Kit, 13.6 oz., UPC 7143000035

GIANT/MARTIN’S has received no reports of illnesses to date. Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause 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.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Dole at 800-356-3111. In addition customers may call GIANT/MARTIN’S Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.