Dole Salad Recall Linked to 1 Death and 15 Hospitalizations
According to FOX 8, a Listeria outbreak has hit a total of eight states after Dole packaged salad was found to be contaminated with the pathogen.
About the Listeria Outbreak and Subsequent Recall of Dole Packaged Salad
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with a report that salads sold under a variety of names but all packaged in a Dole facility in Springfield, Ohio, were linked to a Listeria outbreak hitting multiple states across the nation.
States hit with the disease include Connecticut, Missouri, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. New York tops off the list with 5 cases reported. The death occurred in Michigan with 4 other illnesses reported.
The reports started coming out in July and an investigation began in December, but the source was not known until January when lab tests confirmed the presence of Listeria in salads that came from the Springfield facility
The CDC is warning people not to eat salads packaged under the name of Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar and President’s Choice. If there is an “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code, consumers are being warned not to eat them.
The Food Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall at the end of January. The places where people have gotten sick are part of the recall. In addition, states also included in the voluntary recall are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
More Information About Listeria
Listeria is the bacterium that causes an infection of the gastrointestinal tract. The infection can cause problems like high fevers, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, nausea and stiffness.
It can be dangerous to pregnant woman, children, elderly people, or anyone with a weakened immune system due to a chronic illness. Some infections can progress significantly and cause death.