Ohio Dole plant restarts production after listeria outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say limited production has restarted at a Dole processing plant after an outbreak of listeriosis linked to the western Ohio facility has ended.

The Springfield News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1XSMFG1 ) company officials say production will expand in the coming weeks.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can be found in raw vegetables and meats and some soft cheeses. Eating food contaminated with listeria can result in listeriosis, a gastrointestinal infection.

Nineteen people reported bacterial illnesses in several states including Ohio. One person died in Michigan.

The Ohio Department of Health linked the outbreak to packaged salads produced in Springfield. Products were sold under the Dole and some private-label brands.

The Food and Drug Administration is still investigating how the products may have become contaminated. No new details were immediately available.


Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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