Listeria outbreak from Dole salads has resulted in the death of one and hospitalized a dozen.
The CDC has just made an announcement that the outbreak, spanning 6 states, has been under investigation since September last year. Questions are being raised as to why the CDC took so many months report this.
Imagine if it was Chipotle! The announcement would have come instantly!
It is not that warnings are being released to avoid the salads. It is only seriously concerning that the authorities didn’t warn the public sooner.
According to the CDC, one person died and around 12 fell sick due to the listeria outbreak that is related to the Dole packaged salads. All the cases are spread across 6 states, and it is only now that this is being announced.
Those affected include a pregnant woman and a 3-year-old child. The salad was found to be packaged in Springfield, Ohio. The cases are from the states of Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The CDC made this announcement only after the Canadian Public Health Agency announced similar listeria outbreak there. 7 cases have been reported in 5 Canadian provinces, who have been hospitalized.
Until lab results are not out, the link between the outbreaks cannot be established.
After the outbreaks were announced Dole Food Co. has jumped into action.
The company has pulled back packaged salads from almost two dozen states and 3 provinces on both sides of the border.
The FDA’s website also carries a warning now. The Food & Drug Administration has asked people to avoid eating the lettuce. The grocery stores have been asked to discard Dole packaged salads (having the code ‘A’).
The company has also announced that the Springfield processing facility has halted its production.
According to the Food Safety News, listeria could be a serious illness that could also turn fatal. Some of the symptoms are stiffness in the neck, severe headache, nausea, high fever and muscle aches. It may also have various gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea.