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FDA Warns That Listeria Outbreak Linked to Dole Vegetables Has Confirmed Cases in New York and New Jersey

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On Wednesday, 1/27/16, Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. recalled all packaged salad mixes produced in one of its Springfield, Ohio facilities due to an outbreak of Listeria. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that several cases of Listeria infection have been confirmed in New York and New Jersey.

So far there are 15 confirmed cases of Listeria infection linked to this outbreak. All 15 cases have resulted in hospitalization, and at least one person has died due to their illness. There are five confirmed cases of Listeria infection in New York, and one confirmed case in New Jersey.

Dole has recalled all packaged salads under the following brand names in an effort to contain the outbreak:

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

Listeria infection, also known as Listeriosis, causes an estimated 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the United States every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Pregnant women, young children, older adults, and anyone with a weakened or compromised immune system are at highest risk of Listeria infection. Symptoms of this bacterial infection include:

• Fever or Chills
• Stiff Neck or Muscle Aches
• Confusion
• Weakness
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea

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