Death from Listeria outbreak in Dole facility

One died and 12 people have been sick from Listeria from infected salad that has been traced back to a Dole facility in Ohio.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though the outbreak happened last summer, people should throw away any salad that comes from that facility and should not take chances.

“On January 21, 2016, Dole reported to CDC that it had stopped all production at the processing facility in Springfield, Ohio and is withdrawing all packaged salads currently on the market that were produced at this facility,” said CDC.

The recalled salads were sold under different names. These names could have been Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar and President’s Choice. The letter “A” is at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the packages.

Although it is likely that more were sick, 12 people were hospitalized last July showing they were infected with genetically related germs.

Even though these cases were reported in July 2015 and investigations started in September 2015, it was unknown which facility was infected until this month, meaning many infected packages could have been distributed.

Listeria is a serious infection that is caught by eating food contaminated with a bacterium. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and gastrointestinal symptoms. Pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of infection. To prevent the infection, wash all food very well, store them safely and cook meat thoroughly. More tips are at cdc.gov/listeria

If you or someone you know was affected by this Listeria outbreak, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. You could be compensated for your suffering or losses from this serious illness. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of experienced attorneys that are here for you. We care and we can help.

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