Recall & Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

Listeriosis Linked to Packaged Salads Produced at Springfield, Ohio Dole Processing Facility (Final Update)

This outbreak appears to be over. However, Listeria remains an important cause of serious, life-threatening human illness in the United States. For more information about Listeria and steps that people can take to reduce their risk of infection, visit CDC’s Listeria webpage.


On January 27, 2016, Dole voluntarily recalled all salad mixes produced in the Springfield, Ohio processing facility. The type of salad mixes produced at this facility were packaged in bags and plastic clamshell containers and were identified by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code on the package.

  • Dole
  • Fresh Selections
  • Simple Truth
  • Marketside
  • The Little Salad Bar
  • President’s Choice Organics
  • American salads
  • Arugula salads
  • Asian salads
  • Bacon and bleu cheese salads
  • BBQ Ranch salads
  • Caesar salads
  • Chipotle and cheddar salads
  • Coleslaw mix
  • Field green salads
  • Garden salads
  • Iceberg salads
  • Italian blend salads
  • Kale salads
  • Lettuce salads
  • Mediterranean salads
  • Romaine salads
  • Sesame ginger salads
  • Southwest salads
  • Spinach salads
  • Spring mix salads
  • Sunflower salads
  • Vegetable blend salads
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Other states may have received recalled products through secondary distribution so this list may not be complete. Consumers should look for the “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

Consumers who have purchased any recalled fruits and vegetables should do the following:

  • Throw the recalled product away, even if some of it has been eaten and no one has gotten sick.
  • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where recalled products were stored.
  • Wash reusable grocery bags often. Cloth bags should be washed in a washing machine, and plastic-lined bags should be scrubbed using hot water and soap.

Restaurants and retailers who have purchased any recalled fruits and vegetables should do the following:

  • Do not serve or sell the recalled product.
  • Wash and sanitize any crates or other containers where the recalled product was held or sold.
  • Wash any surfaces where recalled product may have come into contact, such as refrigerator drawers, countertops, cutting boards, storage containers, and utensils, with an appropriate and effective cleaning solution.
  • Sanitize the surfaces with a solution of chlorine bleach and hot water or another appropriate sanitizer, following the instructions provided on the label.

Who is most at risk for listeriosis?

People who are more likely to get sick with listeriosis are:

  • Pregnant women and their newborns,
  • Adults 65 and older, and
  • People with weakened immune systems.