If you have bagged salad in your refrigerator it may be part of a massive Dole recall due to a listeria outbreak. According to the CDC, one person has died and twelve others were hospitalized after eating packaged salad packaged under various brand names (see full list below) that were packaged at a Dole facility in Ohio.
CNN reports that the illnesses linked to bagged salad products were first reported in July 2015 but it took until January 2016 to confirm that the listeria outbreak was related to the bagged salad products listed below.
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reports that the 12 people, including a pregnant woman, were hospitalized due as a result of listeriosis. The illnesses were reported in Massachusettes, Michigan, New Jersey, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. One person from Michigan died from the listeria outbreak.
In addition to the five states where the 12 illnesses and one death were reported, the bagged salad products were also distributed to 16 other states — Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The recall includes any bagged salad products that have the letter “A” at the beginning of product code printed in the top right corner of the package. The CDC states that the salad was packaged under the Dole name and five other brands including President’s Choice, The Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Simple Truth, and Fresh Selections.
This isn’t the first time bagged salad products have been linked with foodborne illnesses. Dole Spinach salad was recalled in 2012 after a sample tested positive for salmonella. Dole bagged salads were recalled in 15 states for salmonella. In 2010, there were three separate recalls for Fresh Express bagged salads due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumers who have questions about the current Dole bagged salad recall should call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111.