August 12, 2020

Thomson International Onions Linked to Salmonella Newport Outbreak

Thomson International Onions, in yellow, red, white, and sweet varieties, are linked to the large multistate Salmonella Newport outbreak, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 396 people in 34 states are now ill in this outbreak. Fifty-nine people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. The case count by state is: Alaska (6), Arizona (14), California (49), Colorado (10), Florida (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (10), Indiana (2), Iowa (15), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Michigan (23), Minnesota (10), Missouri (6), Montana (33), Nebraska (5), Nevada (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (5), Ohio (7), Oregon (71), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (11), Tennessee (5), Texas (1), … [Read more...]

Now 641 Sick in Fresh Express Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak

As of July 22, 2020, there are 641 people sick in 11 states in the Fresh Express bagged salad cyclospora outbreak. That's an increase of 132 more patients since the last update on July 9, 2020. Thirty-seven people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. There is also an outbreak in Canada that has sickened people in three provinces that is also linked to Fresh Express salad products. The case count by state is: Georgia (1), Iowa (195), Illinois (198), Kansas (5), Minnesota (73), Missouri (57), Nebraska (55), North Dakota (6), Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota (13), andWisconsin (36). The illness onset date range is from May 11, 2020 to July 5, 2020. The outbreak is potentially linked to Fresh Express bagged salad products that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and … [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...]

Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak: Walmart Product Added, 206 Sick

The bagged salad cyclospora outbreak has been updated by the FDA. A new product has been added to the list of salads in the  outbreak: Walmart's Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad sold in 12 and 24 ounce sizes. The FDA has named Fresh Express as the producer of these salads. And there are now 206 people in 8 states sick in this outbreak. North Dakota has been added to the outbreak list. The case count by state is: Iowa (74), Illinois (57), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10), Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13). Twenty-three people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. And the illness onset dates range from May 11, 2020 through June 17, 2020. The bagged salad products potentially linked to this outbreak include ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salads, … [Read more...]

Recent Cyclospora Outbreaks in U.S. Sicken Thousands Linked to Produce

It's just like clockwork. Every summer, at least one cyclospora outbreak is announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These outbreaks are always linked to fresh produce that does not go through a kill step such as heating before consumers eat it. Let's look back at the recent cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. First, Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite that uses a human host to reproduce and travel. When a person ingests a major oocyst, it breaks apart in the intestine, causes damage, and uses human cells to reproduce. It is excreted in feces, where it matures in the environment, contaminates food through waste in the fields, contamination along the food chain, or contaminated irrigation water, and the process repeats. Cyclospora Outbreaks in … [Read more...]

Where Were Bagged Salads Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak Sold?

The first known cyclospora outbreak of the 2020 season in the U.S. linked to ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco salads has sickened at least 122 people in 7 states, as of June 23, 2020. Nineteen people have been hospitalized. Where were those bagged salads linked to cyclospora illnesses sold? Are people in other states at risk? While there are illness in just seven of the twelve states where the salads were sold, people living in the states without an outbreak still need to discard those products and should monitor their health for the symptoms of cyclosporiasis if they ate them. And it's important to know that the FDA says that these products could have been distributed to more states and retailers than are currently known. Hy Vee Garden Salads were sold in their stores in Iowa, … [Read more...]

Nine Sick in Wisconsin Cyclospora Salad Outbreak From ALDI Hy Vee

There are nine sick in the Wisconsin cyclospora salad outbreak that is linked to bagged salads sold at ALDI and Hy-Vee stores in that state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. These patients are part of a larger multistate outbreak that has sickened at least 122 people in 7 states as of June 23, 2020. The garden salads in question contain iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, and red cabbage. The Hy Vee product is called Garden Salad. The ALDI product is called Little Salad Bar Garden Salad. Both were produced by Fresh Express. Both salads were recalled this week. Jewel Osco is another brand that has been implicated in the larger outbreak, but no Wisconsin illnesses have been linked to that specific product at this time. If you live in Wisconsin and have purchased … [Read more...]

Recall of ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salad For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salad has been updated to include more information. This product is potentially linked to a multistate cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 122 people in 7 states. There is no picture of the product available. The recalled product is ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salads that have use by dates of May 16 to July 4, 2020. The previous use by dates were May 1 to June 29, 2020. All product codes of the salad are recalled. The salads were sold in ALDI stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin between May 1 and June 19, 2020. The people sickened in this outbreak live in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wisconsin. The salad was produced … [Read more...]

ALDI Hy Vee Jewel Osco Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak 122 Sick

The ALDI Hy Vee Jewel Osco bagged salad cyclospora outbreak has now sickened at least 122 people in 7 states, according to the latest update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's an increase of 46 more patients since June 20, 2020, and Wisconsin has been added to the state list. Nineteen people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The patient case count by state is: Iowa (54), Illinois (30), Kansas (1), Minnesota (13), Missouri (7), Nebraska (8), and Wisconsin (9). The illness onset dates range from May 11, 2020 through June 15, 2020. The patient age range is from 16 to 92 years. The bagged salad mixes linked to this outbreak are ALDI Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, … [Read more...]

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