Listeria outbreak tied to Dole salad from Ohio facility

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One person in Indiana was hospitalized as a result of a listeria outbreak that’s now been tied to a Dole facility in Springfield, Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to check their packaged salads to see if they were produced in Springfield, Ohio. Production at the facility has been halted.

Names on salads produced at the Dole facility would have the following names on them:

  • Dole
  • Fresh Selections
  • Simple Truth
  • Marketside
  • The Little Salad Bar
  • President’s Choice

The affected packages would have the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturer’s code. The CDC recommends households with salads made in the Dole facility take these steps:

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  • Throw the salad away
  • Wash the refrigerator drawer where it was kept
  • Wash cutting boards, surfaces and utensils that touched the salads, including hot water and soap, followed by a bleach water solution
  • Wash your hands

The Ohio Department of Agriculture connected the Dole facility to the listeria outbreak through a lab test, prompted by five people reporting eating packaged salads within a month of becoming ill with listeria. The investigation began in September 2015, but the listeria wasn’t tied to the Dole facility in Springfield until January 2016. In all, 12 people have been hospitalized and one person died.

Dole salads made at other facilities are not believed to be compromised.

Listeria symptoms can manifest up to two months after eating contaminated foods, but most people experience symptoms within the first several days. Pregnant women, newborns, adults 65 or older and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Symptoms include gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea. However, symptoms could also include fever and muscle aches. Most people with listeria have symptoms beyond gastrointestinal issues. Click here for more details on listeria from the CDC.

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