November 5, 2020

What Happened to the Fresh Express Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak?

It has been almost a month since the FDA or CDC has updated the Fresh Express bagged salad cyclospora outbreak. The last update in the U.S., published on August 14, 2020, listed 690 people sick in 13 states, with Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois hardest hit. Thirty-seven people have been hospitalized. In Canada, where the last update was posted on July 8, 2020, 37 people in three provinces were sick. Fresh Express recalled products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, or carrots with the product code Z178 or lower in June 2020, with more updates issued later. The salads were sold under several brand names, including ALDI, Hy Vee, Jewel Osco, Walmart, Giant Eagle, and ShopRite. The best by dates on the recalled products ran through July 14, 2020. Based on traceback, the carrots are … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Cyclospora Lawsuit Filed by Pritzker Hageman in Illinois

A Fresh Express cyclospora lawsuit has been filed by the law firm of Pritzker Hageman in Illinois on behalf of a female who was sickened after eating a bagged salad purchased from a ALDI store. Their client, a type 1 diabetic, was hospitalized because she was so ill. A multistate cyclospora outbreak has sickened at least 509 people in eight states in the Midwest. Thirty-three people have been hospitalized, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA. The salad products that are potentially lined to this outbreak are produced by Fresh Express and contain iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, and red cabbage. These recalled salads were sold under these brand names at these stores: ALDI Little Salad Bar, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature … [Read more...]

Canada Fresh Express Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 37 in 3 Provinces

A Canada Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak has sickened at last 37 people in 3 provinces, according to a notice by Public Health Agency Canada. Exposure to Fresh Express brand salad products that contain iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage has been identified as a likely source of this outbreak. There is a large multistate cyclospora outbreak, also linked to Fresh Express bagged salads, in the U.S. A recall of some Fresh Express brand salad products was issued in Canada on June 28, 2020. The recalled salads have a lot code of "Z177" or lower and have best before dates up to and including 20JUL08 - 20JUL14. The patient case count by province is Ontario (26), Quebec (10), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Illness onset dates range from mid May and mid June 2020. One person … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 509 in 8 states 33 Hospitalized

The Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak that is linked to bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express has now sickened at least 509 people in 8 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of 303 cases since the last update that was issued on June 29, 2020. The epi curve, shown above, graphs the illness onset dates in this outbreak. The curve is going down, which is good news. The lag between illness onset date and the date the government is informed about the illness is due to the time the patient gets sick, sees a doctor, is tested, and gets the test results. This takes an average of four to six weeks. The case count by state is: Iowa (160), Illinois (151), Kansas (5), Minnesota … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Has Sickened 509 in 8 States

According to the FDA, the Fresh Express salad cyclospora outbreak has  sickened at least 509 people in 8 states as of July 8, 2020. That's an increase of more than 300 new cases since the last update on June 29, 2020. Thirty-three people are hospitalized because they are so ill. There is also a cyclospora outbreak in Canada, with exposure to certain Fresh Express salad products as a likely source of these infections. The case count by state is: Iowa (160), Illinois (151), Kansas (5), Minnesota (63), Missouri (46), Nebraska (48), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (30). The illness onset dates rate from 5/11/2020 to 7/1/2020. The investigation includes Fresh Express salads containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots that were sold in several regions of the United States. The … [Read more...]

Think You Have Cyclospora? Here’s What to Ask Your Doctor About Testing

A multistate cyclospora outbreak has sickened at least 206 people across the Midwest. The outbreak is potentially linked to bagged salads containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots that was produced by Fresh Express and allegedly sold at Hy Vee, Giant Eagle, ShopRite, ALDI, Walmart, and Jewel Osco stores in many states. So do you think you have cyclospora? Here's what to ask your doctor about testing. First, the stool test for cyclospora has to be specially requested. It's not a common test that is routinely conducted. Anecdotal evidence we have heard is that many people are told by their doctors that their is no need for a test, or that there is no test for this parasite. Both of these statements are false. For the best outcome, a test definitively finding cyclospora … [Read more...]

Recall of Fresh Express Salads in Canada For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of Fresh Express salad products in Canada for possible cyclospora contamination has been updated to include the correct UPC numbers, package sizes, and expiration dates. No illnesses have been reported in Canada, but there is a cyclospora outbreak in the U.S. potentially linked to Fresh Express salads. All of the recalled products have a lot code beginning with “Z 177” or a lower number. They are all Fresh Express brand. The corrected numbers are labeled with a *. The recalled salads are Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar in 323 gram packages with UPC number 0 71279 30931 6* and all best before dates up to and including July 8*, 2020; American in 312 gram packages and UPC number 0 71279 24100 5* with all best before dates up to and including July 11, 2020*; Chopped Kit Thai ‘N’ … [Read more...]

Jewel Osco Signature Farms Salad Recall For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of Jewel Osco Signature Farms salad for cyclospora contamination has been updated because the facility code in the original recall notice was incorrect. That code was "S5417", but it is actually "S5424." The salad was made by Fresh Express at their facility in Streamwood, Illinois. There is a multistate cyclospora outbreak potentially linked to this product and several other salads, all produced by Fresh Express, that were sold in states around the country. The states with illnesses are Iowa (74), Illinois (57), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10), Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13). Those numbers are current as of June 29, 2020 and may change soon. At least 23 people are hospitalized because they are so sick. The recalled Jewel Osco Signature Farms … [Read more...]

Hy Vee Recalls More Salads For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

Hy Vee recalls more salads for possible cyclospora contamination after Fresh Express announced its recall of salads that contain lettuce, red cabbage, and carrot with its brand name. These twelve newly recalled Hy Vee salads are in addition to the 12 ounce Hy-Vee Bagged Garden Salad that was recalled last week. All expiation dates of the 13 recalled private label bagged salads are recalled. There is a multistate cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 206 people in eight midwestern states. Hy Vee Garden Salad is potentially linked to that outbreak, according to the FDA and CDC. These recalled salads were distributed to Hy Vee grocery stores in these states: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These salads are all Hy-Vee … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Recalls Walmart Marketside Iceberg Salad For Cyclospora

Fresh Express is recalling some of its Walmart Marketside Iceberg Salads because it may be contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. A cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged salads has sickened at least 206 people in 8 states in the midwest. Fresh Express has been named by the FDA as the manufacturer of salads potentially linked to that outbreak. The recall is for all product codes of Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad that is sold in 12 and 24 ounce size packages. The best if used by dates on the packages are May 19, 2020 to July 4, 2020. They were distributed to select Walmart stores between June 1 and June 21, 2020 in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Walmart retail stores are removing the product from its store shelves and inventories. … [Read more...]

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