Nearly 3,000 cases of Italian Blend salad greens produced by Dole have been recalled due to concern over a possible Listeria contamination. The Ohio Department of Agriculture detected the bacteria during a random test, and the recall has affected 12 US states and three Canadian provinces. Listeria ranked third on the top 10 list of the most dangerous food-borne pathogens by the Emerging Pathogens Institute of the University of Florida (EPI). According to EPI, the bacteria causes more than 250 deaths and more than 1,500 illnesses per year. So far, no illnesses have been reported in relation to the Dole recall.
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