Listeria Outbreak Encompasses 8 States – 1 Dead, 15 Hospitalized
The outbreak has now been reported to have spread across eight states.
About the Listeria Outbreak
According to FOX 8, the Listeria outbreak is linked to a variety of salads packaged by a Dole facility in Springfield, Ohio.
There have been three new cases since Friday and aside from the cases in Connecticut and Missouri, there has been another case discovered in New York. Since July in fact, five other states have been affected — Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York has the most cases with five people affected and Michigan had one death, and four people sickened.
Once the CDC started conducting an investigation, it became clear that the Ohio facility packaging the salads was the source of the outbreak.
About the Listeria Recall
Currently, the CDC is advising people to avoid eating salads packed under the names Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar and President’s Choice. It is the salads beginning with the letter “A” of the manufacturing code that should be discarded.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration added Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin to the voluntary recall alongside Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec, three Canadian provinces.
It is estimated that there are 1,600 illnesses and 260 U.S. deaths per year due to listeriosis infections, according to the CDC.