This article serves to inform and notify a worrying problem in relation to a common type of salads and listeria outbreak. Namely, this infection originated from Dole salads produced in Springfield, Ohio, and ended with a warning by the CDC on January 22, 2016 against them.
Listeria is, in fact, a bacterial foodborne disease that can have a detrimental effect on pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Its appearance may be the result of raw meat, unpasteurized dairy products and products unwashed. This infection can, raw meat and unpasteurized dairy products.
Listeria bacteria can withstand refrigeration and freezing. It can be combated by the immune system itself, or it can be cured by treatment with antibiotics. However, the outbreak can cause life-threatening problems, such as:
- Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis)
- Septicemia- A general blood infection
If it spreads to the nervous system, may cause:
- Changes in alertness and confusion
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
If you experience muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea or fever, you should consult your doctor.
According to the CDC, 1,600 people get sick and die 260 people because of listeria infections annually in the US the last outbreak of listeria scored statistically significant in 2012.
From September 2015, the CDC has begun a collaboration with the FDA and public health officials to inspect the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) that took place in several states. This involved six states of Massachusetts, Michigan, PennsylvaniaNew Jersey, Indiana and New York.
Patients were between 3 and 83 and include a pregnant woman. This ended with one person dead Michigan listeriosis, and 12 hospitalized.
Apart from Dole salads, it was reported that the outbreak of listeria have involved other brands as well, including:
- The small salad bar
- Fresh Selections
- Election of Organic President
- simple truth
- The products of this facility are sold in the following states:
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- New York
For now, there is no evidence that Dole salads packaged in other processing facilities throughout the United States are related to the disease.
However, it was not just the US I was affected by this problem. Namely, the listeria outbreak was also developed in the north and products involved in Canadian supermarkets. These products can be recognized by the code that begins with the letter A.
The federal retirement ACIA applies to 48 types of pre-packaged salads chopped Dole and salad mixes and kits, and 9 different types of leafy greens PC Organics brand.
Fortunately, there is no report indicating that the bacteria has affected Canadians so far.
Because of these problems, on Friday, January 22, Dole Fresh Vegetables FDA reported that the processing facility in Springfield could temporarily halt operations. Moreover, they also voluntarily withdrew their processed there from the market.
However, if you have bought some of the products affected, you should follow these CDC guidelines:
In order to prevent consumption by humans or animals, you should throw the salad in a sealed plastic bag in a sealed trash bucket. Use hot water and soap, wash the drawer of your refrigerator, where it is used to keep these products.
Also, wash all cutting boards, utensils and surfaces used to serve salads or store in the dishwasher or using soap, hot water and a disinfectant. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and hot water for the same cause. Note that you need to wash your hands well after using soap and warm water.
You should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Moreover, in order to prevent diseases and pollution, follow the recommendations of the FDA:
To keep the kitchen clean:
- After preparing uncooked foods, it is necessary to wash all cutting boards, knives, counters that it has used and hands.
- should keep the refrigerator at 40 ° F or below and the freezer at 0 ° F or less, in order to prevent the development of Listeria monocytogenes in refrigerated foods.
- should clean up spills in the refrigerator, raw meat, raw poultry, hot dogs, and lunch meat packages.
- Every week, use soap and hot water and clean the shelves and the inside walls of the refrigerator.
- Moreover, before eating or preparing them, it is necessary to rinse all raw foods, including those that can be peeled, with running water.
- Use a clean brush to scrub firm products like cucumbers or melons.
- Use a paper towel or clean cloth to dry foods after rinsing.
- In addition, you must separate cooked vegetables and raw meats and poultry foods.