Listeria Outbreak Reported from Bagged Salad

There is a scary listeria outbreak happening that reportedly originated from Dole salad bags produced in Springfield, Ohio. Here's what you need to know about it.

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A multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis has been reported, according to an announcement from the CDC.

The outbreak was traced back to Springfield, Ohio—specifically from packaged salads produced at a Dole processing facility. Listeria is a serious illness, one that can even be life-threatening. One person has reportedly died due to the outbreak—and one of the victims is reportedly pregnant. Cases have been reported in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Michigan, which is where the fatality was reported.

So far, 12 people have been hospitalized and lab evidence has determined that they all picked up the illness from those packaged salads, which were sold under various brand names including Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice.

The investigation began in September 2015 but the illness' beginnings were not pinpointed until just now. Dole has halted all production at the processing facility as of January 21. Salads from the plant have been removed from shelves—but as always, it would be wise to exercise caution when selecting prepackaged items just in case and check your refrigerator. Consumers are being advised to throw salads out if they're from any of the mentioned brands and then wash down cutting boards, refrigerators and anything else they may have touched.

At this point, it does not seem as though packaged salads at other Dole processing facilities are dangerous.

According to American Pregnancy, pregnant women are more 20 percent more susceptible to listeriosis, the illness associated with ingesting listeria. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, chills and even convulsions and tend to set in 2 to 30 days after exposure. Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, infection to the fetus and stillbirth. Yikes.