press release

March 14, 2014

Lindsay Hawley
Stop & Shop New England
(617) 276-7756
lhawley@webershandwick.com

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Stop & Shop Supermarket Alerts Customers to Voluntary Recall of Dole Italian Blend Salad Mix

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA (March 14, 2014) – Following a recall by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale Dole Italian Blend Salad Mix due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Dole Italian Blend Salad Mix, 10 oz., UPC 7143000819 with a use by date of March 12, 2014

Stop & Shop 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 Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com and www.facebook.com/stopandshop.