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CDC probes listeria outbreak from Dole, Fresh Express salads -Breaking


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(Reuters) – Two separate Listeria cases have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are linked to two different packaged salads manufactured by Fresh Express and Dole PLC.

After the CDC had reported 26 illnesses linked to the https:// packages of salads from two companies, the FDA and the agency launched an investigation. Twenty-six people have been admitted and three others have died.

This week the companies announced that some of their products were being recalled due to contamination by the listeria bacteria. Invasive listeriosis can be fatal and cause severe illnesses.

Fresh Express’s recalled brands include Fresh Express, Bowl & Basket and Giant Eagle, while Dole’s brands were the Ahold, Dole, Kroger (NYSE:) and Little Salad Bar.

Dole processed the affected packages in Bessemer City (North Carolina) and Yuma (Arizona), while Fresh Express products were manufactured at Streamwood.

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