According to a series of news reports, at least one person was killed while 11 others were hospitalized after being exposed to Listeria monocytogenes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that people who fell ill were exposed to Listeria in Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. While this initial report claims that only these states have reported illnesses, contaminated products may have made their way to other states.
The 12 people who fell ill were taken to hospitals for treatment while one unfortunately died. In five of the cases, consumers claimed they had eaten packaged salad in the month prior to the illness. Two people specifically said that they had consumed Dole salads.
Listeria can survive colder temperatures while in the fridge. It may also be hard to track because of its incubation period, which could be between 3 to 70 days.
Samples of these salads were tested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. According to the agency, they found that the samples tested positive for Listeria. “Field Greens” packaged salads were used in these tests.
In order to avoid any potential issue in the future, the company decided to withdraw all of the same products from store shelves “out of an abundance of caution.”
Each year, 1,600 people fall ill due to Listeria contamination in the United States. About 260 also die due to the bacteria.
Consumers may have been exposed to Listeria through salad products sold under the Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice brands.
While Listeria may not be as severe among consumers who are healthy, young children, the elderly, and people with compromised or weak immune systems may be at a greater risk. Pregnant women may experience miscarriages, stillbirths, or premature delivery. The newborn may also become infected.
If you’re serious about your health, stay alert. While the outbreaks have only impacted certain states, the products could appear elsewhere.
Until more details into the investigation launched by the CDC are available, we may not be fully aware of the potential consequences of this particular outbreak.
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