1 dead in listeria outbreak linked to Ohio packaged lettuce

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said one person in Michigan died and about a dozen others nationwide were sickened from a listeria outbreak linked to packaged salads from Dole.

The salads originated from a Dole manufacturing plant in Springfield, Ohio, the CDC said.Facts on listeria

As of Friday, Jan. 22, 12 cases of illness were reported in six states, including:

  • Indiana (1 case)
  • Massachusetts (1 case)
  • Michigan (4 cases)
  • New Jersey (1 case)
  • New York (4 cases)
  • Pennsylvania (1 case)

Those sickened ranged in age from three years old to 83 years old.

The CDC said the packaged salads made by Dole are the likely source of the outbreak. The salads’ manufacturing code start with the letter “A” and were sold under several brands, including:

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

The CDC says customers with the recalled salad should not eat it.

Although the investigation begin in September, the CDC said it couldn’t pinpoint the source of the illness until this month.

Dole stopped all production at the Ohio facility on Thursday, the CDC said.

In a statement, Dole said its other facilities are not linked to the outbreak. The company said it is withdrawing the salads from sale in more than 20 states and three Canadian provinces.

More information on the outbreak is available on the CDC’s website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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