Listeria outbreak spreads to Utah from prepackaged salads

SALT LAKE CITY – A Listeria outbreak linked to Dole-wrapped salads has struck at least one Utahn, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration report that many more could be unknowingly infected.

CDC investigators found Listeria in two different packaged salads from Dole and several from Fresh Express.

Currently, 16 people have been infected in thirteen states, including Utah, with two deaths reported. In response, Dole recalled several of its brands that include “best before” dates from November 30, 2021 to January 8, 2022.

The recalled brands include Ahold, Dole, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise and Simply Nature. The CDC warns people should not eat any of these products until investigators determine the extent of the contamination.

Because Listeria can easily spread to other foods and surfaces, the CDC recommends that these five steps be taken to avoid spreading the contamination.

Symptoms of Listeria infection include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures, which usually begin one to four weeks after consuming contaminated food, but may occur as early as one day or up to 70 days after eating the affected food. product.

Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are the other western states that report cases of Listeria.

For more information on the cases in Utah, visit the state Department of Health website.

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