One person has died and 12 have been hospitalized in a Listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads.
Officials from the CDC announced today that they have been investigating the six-state outbreak since September 2015. So why the heck did they just announce this today? If this had been Chipotle it would have been out in 5 minutes, not 5 months!
People are being told not to eat the salads (listed below), but why wasn’t the public warned sooner if they knew about this outbreak? At least I’d never heard of it prior to today, nor had many of my readers.
The CDC announced that one person has died and about a dozen other people, from six states, were sickened from a listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. The salad, packaged in Springfield, OH caused illness in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania- including a 3 year old and pregnant woman.
And this announcement came after the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that seven people were hospitalized in another listeria outbreak, this one affecting five provinces. There is believed to be a link with the outbreak here in the states but they are awaiting lab results to be sure.
Due to the outbreaks, Dole Food Co. has voluntarily withdrawn their packaged salads from 23 states and three Canadian provinces. According to the Food and Drug Administrations website, people and grocery stores with Dole packaged salads (with an ‘A’ code on it) should not eat the lettuce and instead discard it.
Dole has reported that production at the processing facility in Springfield has stopped (I should hope so).
From the article by Food Safety News:
“Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness. Symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, muscle aches, and nausea, sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.”