DETROIT – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said one person has died and 12 were hospitalized due to a strain of listeria linked to packaged salads produced by Dole Food Co Inc in its facility in Springfield, Ohio.
The fatality is a person from Macomb County, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. No other information is available about the victim at this time.
At this time, 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.
Listeriosis, caused by eating food contaminated with listeria, primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.
These packaged salads were sold under various brand names:
- Brands of packaged salads include Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice.
- These packaged salads can be identified by the letter "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.
- At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole processing facilities in the United States are linked to illness.