3 people died and 22 have been hospitalized after eating packaged salad, prompting a recall in several states

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3 people died and 22 have been hospitalized after eating packaged salad, prompting a recall in several states
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  • Packaged salads from Fresh Express and Dole have been linked to two listeria outbreaks in the US.
  • Listeria is a bacteria that can cause a deadly infection, with symptoms like headaches and fever.
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Fresh Express and Dole are recalling several of their packaged salads after the products were linked to two separate outbreaks of listeria that span 18 states.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three deaths and 22 hospitalizations have been linked to the outbreaks.

Fresh Express is recalling all salads with codes Z324 through Z350. The recall includes the brands Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket, Giant Eagle, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, O Organics, Signature Farms, Simply Nature, Weis Fresh from the Field, and Wellsley Farms Organic.

Dole announced it is recalling all salads with use-by dates from November 30, 2021, through January 8, 2022. The advisory warns specifically against products such as mixed greens, garden salads, Caesar kits, and other types of packaged salads.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause a serious infection called listeriosis, which kills an estimated 260 people a year in the US. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is rare for healthy adults to develop listeriosis, but it can be especially deadly for infants, elderly people, and anyone who is immunocompromised.

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People who have been infected with listeria may experience headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, and fever. The infection presents differently in pregnant people, who may just experience fever and flu-like symptoms.

The CDC warns that anyone who has purchased the recalled items should throw them away and properly sanitize your entire fridge.

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