The dozen who were hospitalized come from six states — Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The fatality was in Michigan. Reports about these infections started coming in July.
An investigation began in September, the CDC said, but the source of the infections was unknown until this month when lab tests confirmed listeria in salads collected from the Springfield facility.
The CDC is warning people not to eat salads packaged under the name Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar and President’s Choice. The salads are sold to restaurants as well. If you have one of these packaged salads in your fridge look for the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code. Those are the ones you want to throw away.
On Thursday, Dole told the CDC it has stopped all production at the Springfield facility and is pulling all packaged salads made at this facility still on the market. There is no evidence that salads made at other facilities are contaminated with the bacteria, the CDC said.
Listeria, known by its scientific name of Listeria monocytogenes, is the bacterium that causes listeriosis, an infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract. This serious infection can cause temporary problems such as a high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea. It can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, children and anyone with a weak immune system due to a chronic condition. Some infections are so serious they can cause death.
The CDC estimates there are about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths per year due to listeriosis infections.
Dole stopped all production at the facility Thursday, January 21.
The affected salads were being pulled from store shelves in 22 states plus three Canadian provinces:
List of states included in the voluntary withdrawal:
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
List of provinces included in the voluntary withdrawal:
- New Brunswick