Lawsuit Blames Death on Dole Salad

The food processor is accused of failing to prevent contamination.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A new wrongful death lawsuit alleges an Ohio woman died because she ate salad processed at a Dole plant linked to a listeria outbreak.

The Springfield News-Sun reports the lawsuit says a 79-year-old Franklin County woman died in February after eating salad from Dole's Springfield plant.

The food processor is accused of failing to prevent contamination. The Westlake Village, California-based Dole declined to comment on the litigation.

In a separate lawsuit, Dole denied responsibility in a claim alleging a woman went into a coma after eating salad tainted by listeria.

The bacteria sometimes found in raw vegetables can lead to a gastrointestinal infection. Officials tracking the outbreak said 19 people reported illnesses in several states, and one person died in Michigan.

The plant shut down for about three months.

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