A listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads has hospitalized 12 people in six states in the past six months, including a Michigan resident who died of the illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. In addition to Michigan, patients were from Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location

(see the product list at http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/)


The packaged salads can be identified by the letter ‘A’ at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package. The packaged salads and leafy greens were sold under various brand names, including:

Fresh Selections
Simple Truth
The Little Salad Bar
President’s Choice.

For more information on products recalled visit the CDC website here.

“Retailer and consumer questions about the voluntary withdrawal should be directed to the Dole Food Co. Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111.”