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Deadly Listeria Outbreak in 6 States Linked to Dole Salad Plant

  • 12 cases reported since July with 1 death in Michigan
  • CDC says Dole Food has stopped production at Ohio factory

An outbreak of listeria across six states that killed one person has been been linked to packaged salads from a Dole Food Co. factory, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since July, a total of 12 people have been reported as having listeria monocytogenes infections, the CDC said Friday in a statement on its website. Evidence points to packaged salads produced at a Dole processing plant in Springfield, Ohio, as the likely source of the outbreak, it said.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. said in an e-mailed statement that it would temporarily suspend operations at its Springfield facility and withdraw all Dole-branded and private label salads that were processed there. The moves come “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said. None of the Dole’s other locations are affected.

The fatality was in Michigan and other infections were reported in Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, CDC data show.

The source of infection wasn’t known until this month, according to the CDC. The Ohio Department of Agriculture isolated listeria from a Dole packaged-salad brand called Field Greens which was “highly related” genetically to samples from the sickened consumers.

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