Listeria-contaminated salad from Dole Food kills 1: CDC

Multi-State Listeria Outbreak Linked to Dole Facility in Ohio

(Reuters) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said one person had died and 12 were hospitalized from a multi-state listeria outbreak linked to packaged salads produced by Dole Food in its facility in Springfield, Ohio.

The CDC said it received reports of the listeria outbreak from Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, starting July 5.

Although an investigation into the recent listeria outbreak began in September, the source of the illnesses was not clear until January when tests linked it to packaged salad produced at the Springfield facility, CDC said on Friday.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: A Blue Bell Ice Cream truck is seen outside a Wal-Mart store after Blue Bell Creameries recalls all products following a Listeria contamination on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Five people in Kansas have become ill, three have died, as part of a potential listeriosis outbreak, possibly connected to eating Blue Bell Creameries ice cream at a hospital, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

There is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole facilities in the United States are linked to the illness, the CDC added.

Dole notified the CDC on Thursday that it had stopped all production at the processing facility and was withdrawing all packaged salads produced at the facility, the agency said.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc said in a statement on Friday that products that are being withdrawn can be identified with a code beginning with the letter "A" in the upper right-hand corner of the package.

Other products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as packaged salads from Dole's other facilities are not part of the withdrawal, the company said.

At least one outbreak of the life-threatening bacterial infection has been recorded every year since 2011, primarily linked to prepackaged foods and dairy products, according to the agency's website.

Listeriosis, caused by eating food contaminated with listeria, primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries, ranked the No. 1 ice cream brand in the country in 2014, recalled all products last spring after a listeria outbreak in four states were linked to Blue Bell frozen treats. Three people died in the outbreak.

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