Listeria gave kale a run for 2015’s most loathed food trend, and now the helpful folks at the CDC are here to warn people to steer clear of Dole packaged salads. The agency advises that consumers “should not eat” anything green and leafy produced at the food company’s Springfield, Ohio, processing facility, as tests have linked that plant to a listeria outbreak that’s killed one person and sickened 12 so far.
Seeing how listeria has proven all but ineradicable for Blue Bell, Dole has issued a recall and temporarily closed the Ohio facility while health authorities sort things out. The recalled bags were sold in a total of six states (Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts) under a variety of brands (Dole itself, plus Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, the Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice Organics). The easiest way to identify a suspect salad, the CDC says, is to check the pack’s manufacturing code found directly below the “enjoy by” date — affected bags begin with the letter A.