by in Food Borne Illnesses, Salmonella

Dole has recently issued a recall for prepackaged salads after they were linked to a Listeria Outbreak that has sickened 12 and caused 1 death. These salads were distributed to states including 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, and Wisconsin. Recalled salads were sold under the Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice brand labels.

There are many stores that have been affected by the outbreak, including PriceRite, FoodsCo, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Stop n Shop, ShopRite, Meijer, Schnucks, Fred Meyer, Price Chopper, ALDI, Giant, Kroger, and Walmart. This list may be incomplete. If you shopped at these stores and purchased recalled prepackaged salads, health officials have recommended that you dispose of them.

Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning contact a medical professional.