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June 26, 2020: Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Updates for Bagged Salad

Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Update – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an additional update on the ongoing bagged salad Cyclospora outbreak stating more companies have recalled their bagged salad products.  Their previous update was issued on June 23, 2020.

Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Update Information

The Following companies have now issued recalls for bagged salad products:

  1. Fresh Express has recalled 12 and 24oz. bagged Walmart Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, distributed in Walmart stores in IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI
  2. ALDI, in association with Fresh Express Inc., recalled ALDI’s 12oz. Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads from locations in AK, IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD, and WI
  3. Hy-Vee recalled its 12oz. bagged “Garden Salad” products
  4. Jewel-Osco recalled its 12oz. bagged “Garden Salad” products across its eight-state region

Fresh Express is the manufacturer of each of the recalled bagged salad products.

The investigation is ongoing, but the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) analysis of epidemiologic information indicates that bagged salads from ALDI, Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Jewel-Osco grocery stores are a likely cause of the illnesses.

FDA has started an inspection at the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, IL, and has concerns that other products made with iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, or carrots may have the potential to be contaminated with Cyclospora.  FDA has discussed these concerns with Fresh Express and the firm has agreed to recall the products of concern.

FDA has also begun a traceback investigation to determine supplier and distributor information to find the cause and source of the outbreak.  There may be additional stores and products affected by this outbreak.  FDA is working with Fresh Express to identify other retailers it has supplied with products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots.

Updates will continue from FDA throughout the ongoing Cyclospora outbreak.  Fresh Express will also continue to update the public with any additional information.

Reported Illnesses Associated with Ongoing Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak

The FDA has released the following numbers regarding affected people and states:

  • Total Illnesses: 206
  • Hospitalizations: 23
  • Deaths: 0
  • Illness Onset Date Range: 5/11/2020 – 6/17/2020
  • States with Cases: IA (74), IL (57), KS (1), MN (25), MO (10), NE (20), ND (6), WI (13)

Cyclospora Information

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.  Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.

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