A Listeria outbreak has prompted a recall of certain packaged salads made by Dole and sold under a variety of names. The only salads affected by this recall have product codes beginning with an “A”. No other products are affected by this recall.
The recalled products include the brand names: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice. They can be identified by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them.
The salads were made at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio production facility where operations have been temporarily suspended. No other Dole facilities or products are affected.
States where the recalled salads were sold are: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. They were also sold in the following Canadian provinces: Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
Listeria causes severe illness and can be fatal. Symptoms of an infection, which can take up to 70 days after exposure to develop, include stiff neck, headache, muscle soreness and flu-like symptoms that are sometimes preceded by nausea, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Those most at risk are young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in newborns. One of the case patients in this outbreak is a pregnant woman.
Health officials are continuing to investigate the outbreak. They are using a public health database called PulseNet to identify others who may be part of this outbreak.
If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container, or take them back to the store where you bought them for a refund. Clean out your fridge with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures.