The CDC, along with the USDA and several state agencies, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Cyclospora in bagged salad mix. While the CDC has not issued a recall at the time of this post, the CDC is nevertheless advising consumers not to buy, and retailers not to sell, the following:
- All Aldi Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad sold in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Minnesota
- All Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad sold in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
- All Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Garden Salad sold in Illinois
According to the CDC, the cases began on May 11, 2020, and, at the time of this post, range up to June 14, 2020. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, and no deaths from the illness have been reported.
In addition, the CDC warns that “bagged salad mixes from ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco do not explain all of the illnesses in this outbreak. CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are continuing to investigate to determine whether other products are a source of illnesses in this outbreak.”
I’ve stopped buying this product. It is so horribly soggy when I get it I’ve ended up throwing it out, sometimes without eating a bite. Nasty stuff, so I’m not surprised it may have caused some problems. It seems that the grower/packaging facility does no drying whatsoever and ships this disgusting stuff without concerns for the buyer.