CDC: Listeria linked to Dole salads kills 1 in Michigan


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.

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)

None of the four cases in Michigan were reported in Kent County. Officials said the person who died was from Macomb County.

For people with the recalled salads, the CDC recommends taking these steps

  • Throw the packaged salad away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can.
  • Wash all areas where the packaged salads came in contact with hot water and soap, including the refrigerator.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning up.

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.

Online:CDC Listeria Outbreak investigation

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