There is a disturbing issue that this article is about. The main issue here is Dole Salads, one of the most common salads which is produced in State of Ohio. Springfield to be more exact. They are believed to be the origin of listeria. It all ended with a warning by the CDC on January 22nd, 2016 against them.
What is Listeria? That is, in fact, a foodborne bacterial illness with devastating, sometime and detrimental effect. Especially on individuals with weakened immune systems, as well as on pregnant womens.
Its occurrence can be a result of raw meat, unpasteurized dairy products, and unwashed products. This infection can, raw meat and unpasteurized dairy products.
Listeria bacteria can endure refrigeration and freezing. It can be either fought by the immune system itself, or it can be cured by an antibiotics treatment. Yet, its outbreak may cause life-threatening problems, including:
- Septicemia- A general infection of the blood
- Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis)
In the case it gets spread to the nervous system, it can provoke:
- Changes in alertness and confusion
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
In the case you experience muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea or fever, you must consult your doctor.
According to the CDC, 1,600 people get sick and 260 people die due to listeria infections annually in the U.S. The last statistically important listeria outbreak was noted in 2012.
Beginning in September 2015, CDC has started a cooperation with the FDA and public health officials in order to inspect the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) that took place in several states. This involved 6 states Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and New York.
Patients were aged from 3 to 83 and included a pregnant woman. This ended with 1 person from Michigan dead of listeriosis, and 12 hospitalized.
Apart from Dole salads, the listeria outbreak was reported to have involved other brands as well, including:
- The Little Salad Bar
- Fresh Selections
- Simple Truth
- President’s Choice Organic
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