6 Things You Need To Know About Dole Salads

It's been in the news recently that a Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio is being investigated by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). There has been 1 death and 12 hospitalizations due to a Listeriosis outbreak believed to be linked to Dole packaged salads.

This is really scary. While our hearts go out to those effected, we urge everyone to pay attention to what you are eating. This could happen to anyone. So what we want to know (as you surely do too), is what went wrong in the plant? Well, we don't have our answers yet. However, here's what we do know. 

1. The CDC announced that they have been investigating since September 2015.

On Jan. 22, 2016 the CDC stated there has been an investigation in process due to a 6 state outbreak of Listeria. “Epidemiological and laboratory evidence available to date indicate that packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio, and sold under various brand names are the likely source of this outbreak,” according to the Jan. 22 investigation announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. The previous day, The Public Health Agency of Canada reported 7hospitalizations due to Listeria.

The agency thinks that there is a link with the U.S. outbreak, but is still awaiting final lab results (according to various media reports).

3. A few hours after the CDC announcement, the Dole Food Co. issued a voluntary market withdrawal of packaged salads.

The recall was out into effect in 23 states and 3 Canadian provinces. The withdrawal states "Retailers and consumers who have any remaining product with an ‘A’ code should not consume it, and are urged to discard it. Questions about the voluntary withdrawal should be directed to the Dole Food Co. Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111" ( Food and Drug Administration).

4. The Dole Food Co. reported to the CDC that they have stopped production at their processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.

This was reported on Jan. 21, 2016. If you have recently purchased their packaged salads, then be sure to identify whether or not there is a letter ‘A’ at the beginning of the manufacturing/bar code (example below). If so, it's on the do not eat list. And some have been sold under other brand names, including: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar and President's Choice.

5. The outbreak was linked to Dole salads during a routine product sampling.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture proceeded with a normal product test that returned positive results for Listeria. The positive results were found in a Dole brand Field Greens packaged salad from a retail location. This was the warning light for CDC investigators when assessing the number of illnesses confirmed.

6. There are 23 states that have been sold possibly contaminated Dole packaged salads.

And here's the list:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening situation if it's not caught and treated appropriately.  Symptoms will include high fever, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes diarrhea. And the disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborn babies, older adults and adults with weakened immune systems.

The incubation period for Listeria is 2-3 weeks. However, it can take as long as 70 days. This does not make watching out for any possible symptoms very easy. You may need to stay mindful of them for the next couple months if you consumed any Dole salad products recently. 

If you do show signs of Listeria or have concerns, you should of course seek immediate medical attention. There's no joking around when it comes to your life. And it's not very settling information to stumble upon. Dole Food Co. is doing the best they can. And we do not yet have specific details has to how contamination happened.

We like to believe this was nature taking course or anything other than pure neglect or mistake. Grocery shopping for your greens may not be such a peaceful experience anymore. The Grow.Bar community is not complaining. Using homegrown microgreens daily can remove these concerns and worries. And provide you and your loved ones with colorful, gorgeous and 100% organic nutrition you desire.

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