FDA adds 7 states to territory that ALDI sold its tainted salad brand
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday the outbreak of illnesses linked to bagged salads containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots sold at three grocery chains in the Midwest has expanded to 122 illnesses, 19 hospitalizations, in seven states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its testing shows that the following bagged salad brands, all of which were manufactured by Fresh Express, “are a likely cause of the illnesses”:
Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad from ALDI grocery stores
Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad from Hy-Vee grocery stores
Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad from Jewel-Osco
The cyclospora parasite is being blamed as the cause of the illnesses. The parasite is generally transmitted when infected feces contaminate food or water. It’s unlikely to be transmitted directly from person to person because the parasite needs days to weeks after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person.
The states with reported illnesses include: Iowa (54); Illinois (30); Kansas (1); Minnesota (13); Missouri (7); Nebraska (8); and Wisconsin (9).
The FDA initially said the ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads were sold in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri, but has now added Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salads were sold in stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salads were sold in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.