The CDC is in the midst of an active investigation into two separate listeria outbreaks linked to packaged salads from Dole and Fresh Express. So far there have been 2 recorded deaths, 13 hospitalizations and 17 illnesses in 13 US states, According to the CDC. These salads are available for purchase under a number of brands, including Ahold, Dole, HEB, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise, President’s Choice and Simply Nature. Specific salads and ingredients range from mixed greens to garden salads and Caesar salad kits. This isn’t the first time Dole has been linked to a listeria outbreak. Last October, Dole recalled a number of bagged salads due to the risk of listeria contamination.
If you’re wondering if you purchased any of these products (available in bags or clamshells), it may be worth noting that the expiration date listed may be between 11/30/21 and 09/09. /01/22 and the product code will start with B, N, W or Y.
If you purchased any of these specified products, throw it away or return it to the store of purchase for a refund. Since listeria can easily spread, if the product has been opened, thoroughly sanitize any surface or ingredient that has come in contact with it. The CDC has implemented a useful five step guide to thoroughly clean your refrigerator; you’ll just need to make sure you have sealed bags, hot soapy water, clean towels and, if desired, bleach. It can be a long process, but it’s worth it to keep your household safe.
Listeria can be mild in healthy people, with symptoms similar to food poisoning, such as fever, stomach pain, and diarrhea. According to the CDC. Sometimes symptoms can develop up to four weeks after eating the contaminated food. However, it is important to note that symptoms can be much more severe when dealing with vulnerable people, including pregnant women, newborns, adults over 65, and immunocompromised people. These groups may be more likely to experience a more advanced and invasive type of listeriosis, which can be a life-threatening form of the infection that spreads from the digestive system to other parts of the body, including the joints or blood flow. It can lead to other illnesses, serious complications and even be fatal, as we have seen with these two recent deaths.