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FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: Cyclospora Outbreak linked to Bagged Salads

June 29, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express.

On June 27, 2020, Fresh Express recalled Fresh Express brand and private label brand salad products produced at its Streamwood, IL facility that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrots due to possible Cyclospora contamination. Recalled products were sold in many states under either the brand name Fresh Express or the store brand labels ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside.

CDC urges consumers to check their homes for these recalled products and not eat them. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell them. A full listing of recalled products is available on the Fresh Express recall page. There are typically multiple clusters of Cyclospora infections that occur each summer. CDC is working with FDA to determine if other recent cases of Cyclospora infection are linked to contaminated ingredients in these bagged salad mixes. This investigation is ongoing.

What we know:

  • 206 total illnesses in 8 states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin)
  • 23 hospitalizations, 0 deaths
  • Illness onset date May 11, 2020 thru June 17, 2020

Attached for your review is the CDC press release.

Markon will update members as more information becomes available.

Lianna Kelly
Food Safety Director

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