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LISTERIA OUTBREAK SALAD: Listeria found in lettuce, outbreaks reach over 18 states

DENVER (KDVR) – The CDC is investigating two separate Listeria outbreaks across eighteen states involving Fresh Express and Dole-packed salads.

In the Fresh Express outbreak, 10 people from eight states are affected by the Listeria strain. All 10 have been hospitalized. One death has been reported as a result of the outbreak.

According to interviews with the infected, Fresh Express-packed salads are the presumed origin of this listeria outbreak. Fresh Express announced on Monday an official recall of several packaged salad products.

The salad labels include:

  • Fresh Express
  • Bowl and basket
  • Giant eagle
  • Small salad bar
  • Market side
  • O Organic
  • Signature Farms
  • Simply Nature
  • Weis Frisk fra Marken
  • Wellsley Farms organic

The outbreak of Dole-packed lettuce is slightly more prevalent, with 16 people infected in 13 states. 12 people have been hospitalized and two deaths have been reported.

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

The salad labels include:

  • Ahold
  • Dole
  • Kroger
  • Lidl
  • Small salad bar
  • Market side
  • Of course better
  • The promise of nature
  • Simply Nature

Dole also recalls packaged salads with the date “best used by” from 30/11/21 to 01/08/22.

The CDC advises everyone with these packaged salads to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased. CDC has provided a five-step process for cleaning and disinfecting your refrigerator instead of Listeria outbreaks.

Symptoms of a Listeria infection include headache, confusion, loss of balance, fever and body aches. Pregnant women should be especially careful because of the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

It should be mentioned that no recent Listeria outbreaks have been reported in Colorado at present.

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