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US CDC probes listeria outbreak from Dole, Fresh Express salads

US CDC probes listeria outbreak from Dole, Fresh Express salads

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday (Dec 23) it is currently investigating two separate listeria outbreaks linked to packaged salads produced by Dole PLC and Fresh Express.

The agency's probe along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes after the CDC reported 26 illnesses from the two companies' packaged salads, of which 22 have been hospitalised and three have died.

Earlier this week, the companies had announced a recall of some of their products over possible contamination with the listeria bacteria, which can cause a severe illness known as invasive listeriosis and could lead to death.

Fresh Express's recalled brands include Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket and Giant Eagle, while Dole's brands were the Ahold, Dole, Kroger and Little Salad Bar.

The affected packages were processed at Dole's facilities in Bessemer City, North Carolina and Yuma, Arizona, while Fresh Express' products were made at Streamwood, Illinois.

Source: Reuters/jt

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