Bagged salad mixes sold under several store brands, including Walmart, Aldi and ShopRite, have been recalled in 31 states after more than 600 people were made sick by parasites in 11 of those states, according to the Food and Drug. Federal administration.
Salads made by Fresh Express, which is based in Illinois, are contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause intestinal illness after being ingested.
The outbreak has affected 641 people in 11 states, with no cases reported in New Jersey, since the FDA’s first alert in June. Thirty-seven people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported, the FDA said.
“The FDA traceback investigation is ongoing to determine the cause and source of the outbreak,” the FDA said in an update late last week. “The ingredients of the salad (iceberg lettuce, carrots, red cabbage) continue to be of interest in the investigation.”
The store brands involved in the recall include ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry and Walmart Marketside.
The salads carry the product code “Z178” or lower, and expiration dates are until July 14, 2020, officials said.
A complete list of the recalled products is available on the FDA website.
If you have a recalled salad in your crisper, don’t eat it and throw it out, says the FDA. Refunds can be obtained by calling the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472, Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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