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Check your packaged salads: CDC warns of 2 listeria outbreaks

Check your packaged salads: CDC warns of 2 listeria outbreaks

by Mike Stobe , The Associated Press

US health officials are warning the public not to eat certain brands of packaged salads, which they say are linked to two small, long-running listeria outbreaks that killed three people.

One outbreak is linked to packaged salads produced by Fresh Express and the other to packaged salads produced by Dole. The outbreak is caused by different strains of Listeria bacteria and there is no known link between them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

In an outbreak involving Fresh Express, ten people in eight states were identified between 2016 and the end of October this year. All were hospitalized and one person died in Pennsylvania.

This week, Fresh Express recalled several brands of packaged salad products with product codes Z324 to Z350. The CDC is asking people not to eat, sell, or serve any of the recalled products.

A different outbreak was found on Two Dole Packaged Salads caused by a different variety. In that outbreak, 16 people in 13 states infected with the Listeria strain between August 2014 and mid-October of this year have been reported. This includes 12 people who were hospitalized and two – in Michigan and Wisconsin – who died.

Dole this week recalled several brands of packaged salads with “Best If Used By” dates from November 30 to January 8.

Officials say it is not known whether listeria originated in either outbreak, but it is a hardy bacterium that can live on surfaces at production facilities or other locations.

Symptoms of listeria usually begin one to four weeks after eating contaminated food, but can begin on the same day.

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