Listeria Outbreak: How to Tell If You Purchased Potentially Contaminated Salad

January 23, 2016

Ohio has been linked to yet another outbreak of a foodborne illness, this time as the suspected state of origin for a deadly strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Though no infections have yet been reported in Ohio, the product brands linked to the outbreak are distributed throughout the state.

The Dole Salad Recall

The Listeria outbreak currently making national headlines is suspected of having begun as far back as July 2015. Since then, there have been twelve reported cases of foodborne illness caused by the outbreak strain. Of these reported cases, one individual “died as a result of listeriosis,” according to the Center for Disease Control.

After a months’ long investigation into the origin of the Listeria contamination, officials this week announced that the source of the outbreak is likely a Dole processing facility located in Springfield, Ohio. The contaminated products—prepackaged salad—are branded and marketed under a variety of names.

How to Tell If Packaged Salad May Be Contaminated with the Listeria Outbreak Strain

Per the CDC, consumers who have purchased packaged salad should determine if the purchased brand is affected. The potentially contaminated salad packages were sold under the following brand names:

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

Consumers who have purchased any of these affected brand salad packages should identify the manufacturing code printed on the package, according to the CDC. Packages processed at the Springfield, Ohio facility are marked with a manufacturing code that begins with the letter “A” and should not be eaten.

Listeria and Other Foodborne Illnesses Can Be Deadly

Coupled with the recent Chipotle E. coli outbreak, the Dole Listeria outbreak demonstrates how dangerous food poisoning and illness can be. When restaurants, food processors and preparers, and other vendors allow contaminated food to reach the public, it can result in much more than mild discomfort. Contaminants like Listeria, E. Coli, and Salmonella can cause serious illnesses and death, especially among children and the elderly.

Cleveland Food Poisoning Lawyers Can Help You Determine If You Have a Claim for Your Food Contamination Injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered illness or health issues as the result of food poisoning, contact the law firm of Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free evaluation of your claims.

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