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More salad recalled for Cyclospora risk

Jewel-Osco, Aldi, Hy-Vee salads linked to expanded Cyclospora outbreak


More salad recalled for Cyclospora risk

Kelly Tyko
USA TODAYPublished 8:07 PM EDT Jun 27, 2020Days after health officials warned of a growing outbreak of Cyclospora infections “potentially linked” to certain store brands of garden salad mixes, more salads have been recalled and illnesses confirmed.The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated alerts Friday that the number of reported cases grew to 206 with 23 hospitalizations. The agencies have advised consumers to avoid select salads sold at Walmart, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco stores.According to the FDA, all of the recalled salads were manufactured by a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois.Fresh Express issued a voluntary recall Saturday of dozens of branded and private label salad products produced at the facility that “contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrot ingredients.”Save better, spend better:  Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up hereThe Fresh Express recall includes salads with a product code Z178 or a lower number. The code is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package and the recalled products were distributed to select retail stores between June 6 and 26 in 31 states, an expansion from the mid-western states previously announced.Goodbye, Costco sheet cakes: Costco pulls half-sheet cakes, but brings back free samples at some clubs after suspending sampling due to COVID-19’I have a breathing problem’: Maskless Trader Joe’s shopper kicked out of store in viral video”Our immediate thoughts and concern are for those consumers who have become ill due to the outbreak,” Fresh Express said in a statement Saturday. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have issued a voluntary recall of both branded and private label salad products that were produced at the Streamwood facility and contain those ingredients.”Earlier Saturday, Hy-Vee said it was recalling an additional 12 salads across its eight-state region due to the potential that they may be contaminated with Cyclospora.In a news release announcing the Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad recall at Walmart stores, Fresh Express said it is “working in close coordination with FDA in its continuing investigation to identify a source of the Cyclospora outbreak.”Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis that can cause symptoms including diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue, the CDC says.Last week, the FDA and CDC advised consumers in six Midwestern states to not eat certain salads bought at those supermarkets. On Tuesday, the heath alerts were expanded to 12 states. An Iowa couple has filed a lawsuit against Fresh Express.Fresh Express recallFresh Express’ recall Saturday included around 80 different salads in various sizes. The products have use by or before dates ranging from June 25 through July 14.The products were distributed to select stores in the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.”Consumers who may have a recalled salad should discard it immediately and not eat it,” Fresh Express said.For questions or refunds, call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472 on Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.In a news release, the company shared the full list of recalled products, their UPC codes, use-by dates and states they were distributed. Product names include: Fresh Express America’s Fresh Old Fashioned Cole Slaw  Fresh Express America’s Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw Fresh Express Chopped Kit Asian  Fresh Express Chopped Kit Bacon & BleuFresh Express Chopped Kit BBQ Ranch  Fresh Express Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar  Fresh Express Chopped Kit PomegranateFresh Express Chopped Kit PoppyseedFresh Express Chopped Kit SouthwestFresh Express Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp  Fresh Express Chopped Kit Thai ‘N’ CashewsFresh Express Fancy Greens  Fresh Express Farmer’s Garden  Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Chopped AsianFresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Mediterranean  Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Turkey & Bacon ChefFresh Express Green & Crisp / Verde y CrujienteFresh Express Iceberg Garden / Lechuga RepolloFresh Express ItalianFresh Express Lettuce Trio / Lechuga Trío  Fresh Express Premium Romaine / Lechuga Romana Especial  Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit Asian AvocadoFresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit Smoked BBQ Sriracha  Fresh Express SHREDS Iceberg  Fresh Express SHREDS  Fresh Express Veggie Lover’s  Fresh Express Veggie Spring Mix  Giant Eagle American (Family Size)  Giant Eagle Chopped Asian Style Salad Kit  Giant Eagle Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit  Giant Eagle Chopped Chipotle Cheddar Salad Kit  Giant Eagle Chopped Mediterranean Salad Kit   Giant Eagle Chopped Southwest Style Salad Kit  Giant Eagle Chopped Sunflower Crisp Salad Kit  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Coleslaw  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh American BlendGiant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Garden Salad Blend  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Italian Blend  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Romaine Garden Salad Blend  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Shredded Iceberg Lettuce  Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Veggie Lovers  Giant Eagle Shredded Lettuce  Wholesome Pantry Organic Chopped Sesame Asian Salad Kit Wholesome Pantry Organic Sesame Asian Salad Kit Walmart Marketside salads recallFresh Express announced Thursday it had recalled 12- and 24-ounce bagged Walmart brand Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, which was sold in Walmart stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.The recalled products have “best-if-used-by-dates of May 19 to July 04” and were distributed to select stores between June 1 and June 21 in the seven states.The Fresh Express list Saturday added the following Marketside branded items, which are sold only at Walmart stores: Marketside Baby Greens SaladMarketside Chopped Salad Kit Asian  Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Avocado RanchMarketside Chopped Salad Kit Cherry Almond GorgonzolaMarketside Chopped Salad Kit Kale Pecan CranberryMarketside Chopped Salad Kit SouthwestMarketside Chopped Salad Kit Sunflower Bacon CrunchMarketside Crisp Greens  Marketside Kale Slaw  Marketside Premium Romaine Salad  Marketside Shredded Iceberg Lettuce  Marketside Tri-Color Cole Slaw  For questions or to obtain refunds, contact Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at 800-242-5472 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.Aldi Little Salad Bar salads recallAldi, along with Fresh Express, recalled 12-ounce bags of Aldi Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads from stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.The affected bags have a UPC code of 4099100082975 and have “Best If Used By dates of May 1 through June 29.”Aldi said in a news release if “customers have the affected Little Salad Bar Garden Salad, they should discard it immediately.”The Fresh Express list Saturday added the following Little Salad Bar branded items, which are sold only at Aldi: Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad KitLittle Salad Bar Chef SaladLittle Salad Bar Classic ColeslawLittle Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad KitLittle Salad Bar Sunflower Chopped Salad KitJewel-Osco Signature Farms salad recallJewel-Osco, part of Albertsons, is recalling 12-ounce bags of Signature Farms Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, and it advised consumers to discard or return the bags.The affected bags have “best if used by” dates of May 16 through July 4. The product has a UPC code of 21130 98135 and includes the plant number S5417. For questions, consumers can call 1-877-723-3929.Fresh Express’ list Saturday added the following recalled salads to the Signature Farms brand:Signature Farms Coleslaw 3 Color  Signature Farms Lettuce ShredsSignature Farms Green & CrispSignature Farms Premium RomaineHy-Vee expands recall to 13 varietiesInitially, Hy-Vee recalled 12-ounce bags of its store brand garden salad but expanded the recall to include another dozen private label bagged salad products from the grocer’s eight-state region, which is Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.The recalled salads, which are also on the Fresh Express list, are:Hy-Vee Southwest Chopped Salad Kit, 13.4-ounce, UPC 0-07450-24669Hy-Vee Shredded Iceberg, 8-ounce, UPC 0-07545-12053Hy-Vee Veggie Deluxe Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-08530Hy-Vee Greener Supreme Blend, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12046Hy-Vee American Blend Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12047Hy-Vee Italian Blend Salad, 10-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12048Hy-Vee Coleslaw Mix, 16-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12051Hy-Vee Romaine Garden Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12058Hy-Vee Asian Chopped Salad Kit, 13.7-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24668Hy-Vee Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit, 13.2-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24670Hy-Vee Chipotle Cheddar Chopped Kit, 11.4-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24672Hy-Vee Garden Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24674Hy-Vee Avocado Ranch Chopped Kit, 12.8-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24715All expiration dates are included, Hy-Vee said in a news release. For questions, contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives at 1-800-772-4098. Contributing: Mike SniderFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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