BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent investigation conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in collaboration with the CDC and the FDA has returned some new results regarding the recent listeria outbreak. The Canadian health agency has confirmed that Dole’s packed salads are linked to the listeria outbreak.
Canada’s Food Inspection Agency has determined that Dole Springfield is indeed responsible for the recent listeria outbreak. According to the Canadian health authorities, approximately 7 persons are hospitalized and 1 died after developing listeriosis. It would seem that all of them have consumed products from Dole Springfield.
This fact is also confirmed by the CDC and the FDA, which reported no less than 15 new cases of listeriosis all over the United States. It would seem that the infested products were made and packaged at the Dole’s plant, located in Springfield Ohio.
Thus, the Canadian Health Agency has ordered a massive recall for the salads produced at the Dole plant. According to their statements, the infested products include several varieties of salads such as Fresh Selections, Dole, Simple Truth, President’s Choice, Little Salad Bar and Marketside.
The food recall order was issued on the 22nd of January, and the Canadian health authorities, together with the CDC and the FDA are urging all customers to return the products or to throw them away. All the infested products are marked with a unique Dole code which begins with an “A”.
Moreover, all the customers who bought any of Dole’s products mentioned above should take a couple of precaution when handling them. Here are some of CDC’s recommendations.
If the package is unopened, then we should place it in a sealable bag. We can either return to product for a refund or we can throw it away. If the product was stored in a refrigerator, then we clean shelf were the salad was kept using a bleach solution.
If we came into direct contact with the salad, we must wash our hand thoroughly using plenty of warm water and soap. Also, we must be careful to wash out all of the kitchen utensils used to prepare the salad. The best solution would be a dishwasher, but if you don’t have one, here’s what you can do.
Wash the utensils using hot water and soap and then rinse them in a special solution, prepared by mixing together one tablespoon of chlorine bleach and a gallon of water.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, together with the CDC and the FDA has discovered that Dole’s packed salads are linked to the listeria outbreak.
Also, if you ate one of these infested salads, you should carefully monitor your condition. Listeriosis included the following symptoms: nausea, high fever, confusion, muscle ache, loss of balance, headache and a stiffness in the neck. The disease has an incubation period of 70 days. Moreover, the health agencies have discovered that the disease possesses a greater risk to pregnant women, seniors, and infants.