Dole’s Deadly Listeria Outbreak Was Preventable

Listeria lawyers at our law firm are accepting cases from patients who suffered from Listeria food poisoning associated with Dole bagged salads. As documented by the FDA and CDC, an outbreak of listeriosis has been traced to bagged salad produced at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, production facility. One Michigan resident has died in this outbreak. Contact us now for a free consultation and to discuss your right to sue Dole.

Evidence: The Ohio Department of Agriculture collected a Dole brand Field Greens packaged salad from a retail location and isolated Listeria. Laboratory tests showed that the isolate was highly related genetically to isolates from ill people. This packaged salad was produced at the Springfield, Ohio, Dole processing facility.

Fact: Production at the Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. processing facility in Springfield, Ohio, stopped on January 21, 2016. Dole is voluntarily recalling all Dole brand and private label packaged salads processed at that location.

Dole Salad Recall: This recall was preceded by a “voluntary withdrawal.” It covers all bagged salad made at the Springfield plant. Consumers should not eat the contents of any packaged salad in this recall marked with an ‘A” at the start of its packaging code. The also applies to other brands, including Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice.

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Investigation: Health officials have been investigating this outbreak for months. Dole said it is working closely with regulatory agencies as its Springfield plant undergoes additional investigation and testing. Investigations also will be launched by trial lawyers representing those who have been poisoned, including next of kin in Listeria wrongful death litigation.

Outbreak UpdateListeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in high-risk groups of people. The infections can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and damage to female reproductive systems. In the United States, health officials have confirmed 15 case patients from eights states. One of those patients died. New York, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Missouri and Connecticut are the states.

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Salads can be identified by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

Dole Outbreak in Canada: There are seven cases of listeriosis in five provinces related to this outbreak: Ontario (3), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (1), Prince Edward Island (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1).  All cases have been hospitalized, and one person has died, however it has not been determined if Listeria contributed to the cause of death.

Act now: Leafy greens can become contaminated in the field or they can become contaminated by bacteria in a processing plant or other ways. Food companies are responsible for preventing any contamination from entering the supply chain. This outbreak was preventable and litigation can hold the company accountable. Previous Listeria lawsuits against U.S. food growers, manufacturers and restaurants have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in compensation for victims, including numerous multi-million dollar case results for our clients. Call us at 1-888-377-8900 or leave us your contact information and an attorney will call you. Consultations are free and you owe us nothing until your case is won.

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