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Listeria outbreak linked to packaged salad from Fresh Express, Dole

DENVER (KDVR) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating two separate outbreaks of listeria bacteria across 18 states linked to Fresh Express and Dole packaged salads, named after several brands.

During the Fresh Express outbreak, 10 people from eight states were infected with listeria, and all 10 of them were hospitalized. One death from the outbreak was reported.

It should be noted that no recent outbreaks of listeria have been reported in Colorado at this time, but the CDC says “this outbreak may not be limited to states with known disease.”

The CDC says the actual number of people sick is likely higher than reported.

Packaged salad brands affected

According to interviews with infected people, the Fresh Express packaged salad was the suspected source of this listeria outbreak. On Monday, Fresh Express Official recall notice of some packaged salad products.

Salad brands include:

  • Fresh Express
  • Bowls & Baskets
  • Giant eagle
  • Small salad bar
  • Market place
  • O Organics
  • Signature Farm
  • Simply Nature
  • Weis Fresh from the Field
  • Organic Wellsley Farm

Dole packed salad outbreak is a bit more widespread, with 16 people infected 13 states. 12 people have been hospitalized and 2 deaths have been reported.

Investigators identified the outbreak strain in two packaged salads distributed by Dole. On Wednesday, Dole officially recalled several brands of packaged salads.

Salad brands include:

  • Ahold
  • Divide
  • Kroger
  • Lidl
  • Small salad bar
  • Market place
  • Nature is better
  • Nature’s Promise
  • Simply Nature

Dole is also recalling packaged salads with “best used” dates between 11/30/21 and 8/1/22.

The CDC advises anyone who has these packaged salads to throw them away or return them to the store they bought them. CDC has provided a five-step process to clean and disinfect your refrigerator instead of a listeria outbreak.

Symptoms of listeria infection include headache, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and body aches. Pregnant women should be especially cautious, due to the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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