The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco grocery store brand “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots. ALDI, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco grocery stores have recalled their store brand bagged salads specifically labeled as “garden salads” and sold in mid-western states, including Illinois.
Consumers should not eat, and restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad, recalled Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad, or recalled ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden salad. 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. The ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads were sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. If you have these bagged salads in your home, please throw them away.
People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food contaminated with the parasite or by drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Person-to-person transmission generally does not occur.
Cyclospora can cause watery diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms can last for a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may go away and come back again multiple times. Most people who have healthy immune systems will recover without treatment.
On June 22, ALDI, in association with Fresh Express Inc., recalled. ALDI’s 12-ounce Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads from stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
FDA continues this investigation and there may be additional retailers and products impacted by this outbreak.