After twelve people were hospitalized and one person died due to Listeria linked to packaged salads, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has withdrawn products from store shelves that came from its Springfield, Ohio plant.
According to Dole, the product recall covers all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location. The brands include Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice.
According to the CDC, "Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available to date indicate that packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio and sold under various brand names are the likely source of this outbreak."
The company says all of the affected products have a product code in the upper right corner of the package that begins with a letter "A." Fresh vegetables and packaged salads from other facilities, whose product codes begin with B or N, are not affected.
Dole has urged all retailers to pull the packaged salads from shelves, and urges consumers who have bought the items to discard them. The recall affects stores from Florida to Massachussetts, and as far west as Louisiana and Minnesota, as well as Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
The CDC says five of the ill people reported eating packaged salads recently, and the two who specified a brand indicated Dole. The Ohio Department of Agriculture isolated Listeria in a package of Dole field greens.
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