Multi-State Outbreak Of Cyclospora Prompts Recall Of Salad Mix

Fresh Express Salad Mix Recall
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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) -  A multi-state outbreak of Cyclospora has prompted a recall of bagged lettuce.

The CDC along with the FDA are investigating an outbreak of the intestinal illness has been linked to bags of Fresh Express salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots and red cabbage.

The outbreak has been linked to 11 states including Pennsylvania with 641 confirmed cases and 37 hospitalized in the U.S.

The bags were also sold under store brand labels: Giant Eagle, ALDI Little Salad Bar, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry and Walmart Marketside.

You can check to see if the salad mix you have may be contaminated by looking for the product code on the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package.

The recall includes bags market with the letter “Z” at the  beginning followed by the number “178” or lower.

If you have one of these bags, do not eat it and throw it away, even if you have eaten some of it.

If you are not sure if your bag of mix is affected by the recall, you are also advised to throw it away.

The dates when people were infected range from May 11 through July 5.

No deaths have been reported.

According to the CDC, the following symptoms are associated with Cyclospora:

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis may include the following:

  • Watery diarrhea (most common)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Increased gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms that may occur but are less common include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Low-grade fever

Visit the CDC’s website for more information.


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