NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. health officials are warning the public not to eat certain branded packaged salads, which they say are linked to two small, long-lasting outbreaks of listeria bacteria. caused three deaths.
One outbreak has been linked to packaged salads made by Fresh Express and another involving packaged salads manufactured by Dole. Outbreaks are caused by different strains of listeria bacteria and there is no link between them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
In an outbreak involving Fresh Express, 10 people in eight states were identified during the outbreak between 2016 and the end of October this year. All were hospitalized and one, in Pennsylvania, died.
This week, Fresh Express recalled several brands of packaged salad products with product codes Z324 through Z350. The CDC is asking people not to eat, sell, or serve any of the recalled products.
A separate outbreak caused by a different strain was found on two of Dole’s packaged salads. During that outbreak, 16 people in 13 states were infected with a listeria strain of bacteria that was reported between August 2014 and mid-October this year. That includes 12 people who were hospitalized and two – in Michigan and Wisconsin – who died.
Dole recalled several brands of packaged salads this week with “best if used first” dates between November 30 and January 8.
Officials said it’s unclear where the listeria came from, but it’s a tough bacteria that can survive on surfaces in manufacturing facilities or elsewhere.
Listeria symptoms usually begin one to four weeks after eating contaminated food, but can begin within the same day.
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