Listeriosis Is Possible From Dole Recall
Remember last month’s salad recall? Well, it’s not over yet, there is still some risk of getting sick from it.
When the recall was announced, people across 13 states, including Iowa, were advised to throw away salad with expiration dates ranging from November 30, 2021, through January 8th, 2022 due to an outbreak in Listeria monocytogenes infections.
However, if you still got your hands on one of those salads or you even just missed the date, there is still a chance you could get sick. It can take infected people up to 70 days for symptoms to develop.
Facilities linked to the Listeria outbreak in Dole products were reopened a little over a week ago.
According to an article with Food Safety News, a Dole spokesperson confirmed facilities in Arizona and North Carolina had reopened but they did not elaborate on any investigation relating to the recalls/ outbreak.
Listeria is a life-threatening infection that is caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. People at higher risk for the disease include pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weaker immune systems.
Symptoms an infected person may experience include
- High risk: fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions
- Pregnant women: fever, non-specific symptoms (fever, headache). Infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery
- Healthy people: While it’s rare for healthy people to develop listeriosis, large doses of listeria can lead to a non-invasive illness.
According to the most recent outbreak from December 22, 2021, 16 people across 13 states were confirmed with the infection.