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Dole knew of Listeria; feds launch criminal investigation

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UPDATED CONTENT 6:37 p.m. EDT — The U.S. Department of Justice in investigating Dole in relation to the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, according to a news release posted on the company’s website. “Dole has recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ… Continue Reading

Canada disbands its Dole salad outbreak investigation team

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Health officials in Canada and the U.S. have thus far reported a total of 32 confirmed victims — four of whom died — with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in bagged salads produced by Dole Food Co. Canada’s Public Health Agency is wrapping up its outbreak investigation. “Given that the source of the… Continue Reading

Listeria victim seeks jury trial in federal civil case against Dole

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The daughter of an Ohio woman who is fighting her way back from a coma after eating a contaminated salad has filed the first lawsuit against Dole Food Co. related to a deadly, seven-month-long international Listeria outbreak. In her federal court complaint, Constance Georgostathis seeks unspecified damages for her mother Angeliki “Kiki” Christofield. Christofield fell… Continue Reading

Fresh Express recalls bagged, chopped romaine

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Chiquita Brands International’s salad division, Fresh Express Inc., is recalling bagged, chopped romaine because a production line error resulted in condiment packets for other products being included in the romaine bags. The condiments’ ingredients are not included on the chopped romaine labels and therefore pose an allergen threat for people with food allergies or sensitivities… Continue Reading

FDA confirms Listeria in Dole packaged salad

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Federal officials say they have confirmed Listeria monocytogenes in a packaged salad produced at the Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole recalled all products under multiple brands because state tests linked an ongoing seven-month outbreak to leafy greens from the facility. The Food and Drug Administration completed its analysis of the salad… Continue Reading

New illnesses in Dole salad Listeriosis outbreak

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  As federal officials reported new illnesses in a seven-month Listeriosis outbreak linked to packaged salads from Dole, the company clarified its recall of all products from its production plant in Springfield, Ohio. Fifteen people across eight U.S. states had been confirmed in the outbreak as of Wednesday. The most recent case was diagnosed Jan…. Continue Reading

UPDATED: CDC investigating deadly Listeriosis outbreak linked to various Dole salads

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One person has died and 12 have been hospitalized in a Listeriosis outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. Officials from CDC announced today they have been investigating the six-state outbreak since September 2015. “Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available to date indicate that packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio, and sold… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Canada investigating Listeria outbreak; possible link to Dole salads

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UPDATE: Canadian officials believe there is a link with a U.S. outbreak that has been traced to Dole Food Co. bagged salads and leafy greens, but they are waiting for final lab results, according to media reports. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak… Continue Reading

Dole Expands Bagged Salad Recall to the U.S. Over Listeria Concerns

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Dole Fresh Vegetables has expanded to the U.S. its voluntary recall of bagged salad after initially issuing a recall in Canada. The concern is that some of the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Case Count Rises to 418

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At least 418 people in 16 states are now known to have been sickened with cyclospora infections between mid-June and mid-July, according to updated numbers from state health departments as of the end of the day Thursday. This latest case count marks a 40-case jump from the 378 illnesses reported by the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading