OUTBREAK: FDA Investigating Multistate Parasite Illness Outbreak from Bagged Salads at Grocery Stores & Walmart’s

According to the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating an illness outbreak along with the Food and Drug Administration.

The outbreak stems from bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage from a company called Fresh Express. The FDA on Monday added bagged iceberg lettuce sold at Walmart’s.

According to the FDA, the illness is Cyclospora infections. This is a microorganism that is often found on fresh produce that is eaten raw, especially lettuces and herbs like Cilantro.

According to the FDA, 206 patients have been confirmed as infected by the Cyclospora parasite in the outbreak as of last Friday.

The Walmart recall is for the Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, which was sold in 12 and 24 ounce bags. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

According to authorities the same mix can also be purchased at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart stores in the Midwestern United States.

If you live in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and don’t know, authorities say to THROW IT AWAY.

This is a developing story.

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