The CDC has linked certain Dole salad products to an outbreak of Listeria infections (listeriosis) in 6 states. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), New Jersey (1), New York (4), and Pennsylvania (1). It appears Listeria bacteria may have contaminated some Dole bagged salad products, according to testing done by health officials and reported to the public by the CDC and FDA.
Update. Since this page was published, the CDC has updated the number count. As of February 25, 2016, the number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: Connecticut (1), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (2), New Jersey (1), New York (5), Ohio (2), and Pennsylvania (1).
Prompted by this outbreak, Dole has issued a recall of all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at its Springfield, Ohio production facility. No other products are involved in the recall. In addition, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility.
According to Listeria lawyer Fred Pritzker, “The worst thing about Listeria is how deadly and destructive the organism is to humans, particularly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.” Fred has won a number of multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for clients sickened in listeriosis outbreaks. You can contact Fred using our FREE consultation form (click here) or by calling 1-888-377-8900 (toll free). Find out if you can sue Dole for money damages and hold the company accountable for selling contaminated salad.
Products subject to the voluntary withdrawal are identified with a product code beginning with the letter “A” in the upper right-hand corner of the package (see example below). Both the suspension and withdrawal are being performed voluntarily by Dole out of an abundance of caution, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control.
The packaged salads produced in the Dole Springfield, Ohio, facility were sold under various brand names including:
- Fresh Selections
- Simple Truth
- The Little Salad Bar
- President’s Choice
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole processing facilities in the United States are linked to illness. Other Dole products, including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and packaged salads from Dole’s other processing facilities (with product codes beginning with the letters “B” or “N”), are not part of this voluntary withdrawal.
List of states included in the voluntary withdrawal:
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
List of provinces included in the voluntary withdrawal:
- New Brunswick
What to Do if You or a Loved One Was Diagnosed with Listeriosis?
If you or a family member is one of the people who are part of this outbreak (or you suspect you are part of the outbreak), you should contact our law firm to find out if you can sue for compensation. We file individual lawsuits because a class action is not appropriate for these cases of severe illness, including listeriosis meningitis, and wrongful death.
With your Listeria lawsuit, you will be able to sue for money damages and take legal action to get access to relevant corporate documents. Our lawyers will do an independent investigation to get you answers and justice. Contact attorney Fred Pritzker and his team using our FREE consultation form or by calling 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free).