Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall on bagged salads made by Fresh Express that were distributed to Aldi, Jewel-Osco, and Hy-Vee stores. Now, as the investigation continues, the recall has extended to products at ShopRite and Walmart locations.
The recall was announced due to a potential cyclospora infection risk. The symptoms of such an infection include frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, bloating, and more. Recalled products made at the Fresh Express facility in Streamwood, IL, include iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots. The products have been linked to an outbreak of at least 200 cyclospora infections in some midwestern states, the New York Times notes.
Initially, the products in question were only thought to be distributed to Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco grocery stores between June 6 and June 26. Further investigation determined that the affected products can also be found at shelves in Giant Eagle, Walmart, and ShopRite.
Some bagged salads are labeled with the Fresh Express logo, but others may be branded differently depending on the retail store they are sold at. Any salads with ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside packaging could be contaminated.
Recalled items have a product code of Z178 or lower and were sent to grocery store locations in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and D.C.
If you happen to have any of the recalled products in your possession, be sure to dispose of it and do not consume. The investigation is ongoing, and a full list of the affected foods with product codes and expiration dates can be found here.
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