Dole Salads Recalled Over Listeria Risk

Getty_031414_DoleSaladsDole Fresh Vegetables is recalling bags of salad that may be contaminated with listeria, according to a company statement.

The voluntary recall was issued after a sample of Dole Italian Salad tested positive for the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause miscarriages or stillbirth in pregnant women.

“No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall,” Dole said in a statement, adding that the company is “coordinating closely with regulatory officials.”

The recall covers bags of Italian Blend, Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend, Little Salad Bar Italian Salad and Marketside Italian Style Salad with the use-by date of March 12.

The salads were distributed in 15 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnant woman and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to the infection.

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Posted On 15 Mar 2014

Read the Full Transcript of President’s Weekly Address

Read the full transcript of the President’s weekly address:


Hi, everybody.  In this year of action, I’m doing everything I can, with or without Congress, to expand opportunity for more Americans.  This week, I ordered a review of our nation’s overtime rules, to give more Americans the chance to earn the overtime pay they’ve worked for.

Here’s why this matters.  Our businesses have created 8.7 million new jobs over the past four years.  But in many ways, the trends that have battered the middle class for decades have grown even starker.  While those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Too many Americans are working harder than ever just to keep up.

We’ve got to build an economy that works for everybody, not just a fortunate few.  We know from our history that our economy grows best from the middle out, when growth is more widely shared.  So we’ve got to restore opportunity for all – the idea that with hard work and responsibility, you can get ahead.

Now, for more than 75 years, the 40-hour workweek and the overtime protections that come with it have helped countless workers climb the ladder of success.  But today, an overtime exception originally meant for highly-paid employees now applies to workers who earn as little as $23,660 a year.  It doesn’t matter if you do mostly physical labor, or if you work 50, 60, even 70 hours a week.  Your employer may not have to pay you a single extra dime.

In some cases, this rule makes it possible for workers earning a salary to actually be paid less than the minimum wage.  And it means that business owners who treat their employees fairly can be undercut by competitors who don’t.  That’s not right.  So we’re going to update those overtime rules to restore that basic principle that if you have to work more, you should be able to earn more.  And we’ll do it by consulting workers and businesses, and simplifying the system so it’s easier for everyone.

Americans have spent too long working more and getting less in return.  So wherever and whenever I can make sure that our economy rewards hard work and responsibility, that’s what I’m going to do.  Because what every American wants is a paycheck that lets them support their families, know a little economic security, and pass down some hope and optimism to their kids.  That’s something worth fighting for.  And I’ll keep fighting for it as long as I’m President.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Posted On 15 Mar 2014

Chris Brown Arrested for Violating Probation


(NEW YORK) — Chris Brown has been arrested, ABC News has confirmed.

According to KABC, the singer, 24, was taken into custody for violating his probation stemming from the 2009 assault charge against singer, Rihanna.

A representative for Brown had no comment on the arrest.

Brown had been ordered to spend time in an anger-management program for a few months, pending the verdict of a concurrent though unrelated legal issue in Washington, D.C.

Last October, Brown and his bodyguard were accused of assaulting a man in the wee hours of the morning outside of a local nightclub.

According to a police report, Brown hurled a homophobic slur at a man before saying, “I feel like boxing,” and punching him.

Brown has pleaded not guilty and the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor at a previous hearing.

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Posted On 15 Mar 2014