Two Deaths – One in Michigan – 17 Illnesses in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Salad Mixes
Check your fridge! The CDC is investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads in which 17 illnesses have been reported and two people have died.
If you're thinking, "Wait, this sounds familiar. Wasn't there just another salad recall?" Yes. The CDC is also investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to Fresh Express salads.
In the Dole salad outbreak, The CDC says that of the 15 people with information available, 13 were hospitalized. One person from Michigan has died and another person in neighboring Wisconsin.
Last month, Dole Fresh Vegetable Inc. voluntarily recalled additional packaged salads processed at its Springfield, OH and Soledad, CA facilities after they tested equipment used for harvesting raw iceberg lettuce and found Listeria monocytogenes. You can find the full list of recalled products here.
Dole issued the initial recall in December, after packaged salads processed at its Bessemer City, NC and its Yuma, AZ tested positive for Listeria. The products involved in that recall you can find here.
Recalled products include mixed greens, garden salads, Caesar kits, and many other types of salads and have "best if used by” dates from 11/30/21 through 01/09/22 and product lot codes beginning with the letter “B,” “N,” “W,” or “Y” in the upper right-hand corner of the package.
They were sold under the Dole brand name and the below brands:
- Little Salad Bar
- Naturally Better
- Nature’s Promise
- President’s Choice
- Simply Nature
The CDC says you should throw out the recalled salads or return them to where you bought them.
Listeriosis can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their health care provider.