Dole issues a recall for packages of salads after listeria has been linked to several hospitalizations and one death. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that six brands of packaged salads produced by Dole were linked to the bacteria listeria. The illnesses began in July and so far 11 people have been hospitalized in six states. An investigation began in September after the illnesses started. All of the salads were produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. The salads have been distributed under the brand names Dole, Fresh Selections, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, President’s Choice, and Simple Truth, as well as by restaurants who have purchased the salads. The recalled items have a product code that begins with an “A”. On Thursday, all production at the facility has been stopped and grocery stores are pulling the salads from their shelves.
The bacteria Listeria affects the gastrointestinal tract causing infections. Individuals that are infected with Listeria will experience symptoms in the form of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. The illness can cause serious complications, and even death, in individuals with weakened immune systems.
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