Fresh Express Bagged Salads Have Been Recalled After Hundreds Have Gotten Sick. Here’s What We Know.

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Salad is usually something we think of as healthy for our bodies. It is something we need for fiber, vitamins, and minerals. BUT, beware, not ALL salad is as good as we want it to be.

The CDC has warned that bagged salad purchased at grocery stores in the midwest has lead to cases of Cyclospora.

Time to get checking those bags of salad you bought last week at the store!

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express and purchased at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart stores in the Midwestern United States.


Make certain to check your refrigerator for this recalled salad, and dispose of it immediately. The CDC warns to throw it out EVEN IF you have eaten it, and not yet gotten sick.

So far, 206 people have gotten sick from eating these bagged salads. Don’t panic. Nobody has passed away from eating the contaminated greens, but 23 of these 206 have had to be hospitalized.

People started getting sick on or around May 11th, so this salad was in stores for awhile without people knowing it could affect them negatively.

According to the CDC, the infected salad details are as follows:

  • Recalled Marketside brand Classic Iceberg Salad
  • Sold at Walmart stores in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
  • 12-ounce and 24-ounce bags
  • Use-by dates: 05/19/2020 through 07/04/2020
  • Recalled Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad
  • Sold at ALDI stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • 12-ounce bags
  • Use-by dates: 05/01/2020 through 06/29/2020

Recalled Hy-Vee brand Garden Salad
-Sold at Hy-Vee stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
-12-ounce bags
-Any use-by date

Recalled Jewel-Osco Signature Farms brand Garden Salad
-Sold at Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa
-12-ounce bags
-Use-by dates: 05/16/2020 through 07/04/2020

If you live in the Midwest — namely Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin — and you aren’t sure if the bagged salad you have is part of the recall, just throw away the lettuce you have to be on the safe side.

I’d rather you be safe, and have less salad, than keep a possibly contaminated bag of lettuce!

The CDC warns that there are a few symptoms of cyclosporiasis. Watery diarrhea is the most common. You may also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.

Other symptoms you may experience — but they are rare — include vomiting and having a low-grade fever.

Please check in with a medical professional if you have eaten any of this lettuce, and you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

If a person ill from cyclosporiasis is not treated, symptoms can persist for several weeks to a month or more. Some symptoms, such as diarrhea, can return; and some symptoms, such as fatigue, may continue after the gastrointestinal symptoms have gone away. The infection usually is not life threatening.


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