press release

June 30, 2012

Contact:
Christopher Brand
[email protected]

GIANT FOOD STORES & MARTIN’S FOOD MARKETS ALERT CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DOLE HEARTS OF ROMAINE

Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets, following a recall by Dole Fresh Vegetables, announced it removed from sale Dole Hearts of Romaine Due to a possible health risk of listeria monocytogenes.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Dole Hearts of Romaine, UPC 7143000956, with a use-by date of June 26

No illnesses have been reported to date. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.

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.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 1-800-356-3111. In addition customers may call GIANT/MARTIN’S Customer Service at (888) 814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT/MARTIN’S websites at www.GiantFoodStores.com or www.MartinsFoods.com.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S Headquartered 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 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods.

6/30/2012