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This Food Sold at Walmart Is Linked to Illness Outbreak

The CDC announces an investigation into an outbreak in several states.
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The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to a bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express. The outbreak has also expanded to iceberg lettuce sold at Walmart, the Food and Drug Administration says. The microscopic organism is often found on fresh produce that is eaten raw, especially lettuces and herbs such as cilantro. (Related: The CDC Says Bagged Salad Could Be Linked to Illness.)

Public health officials are expressing concern that consumers may have unused portions of the bagged salad greens in their homes—especially since some of the salad products have use-by dates into July. Four bagged salad mixes have been recalled so far after 206 patients have been confirmed as infected by the Cyclospora parasite in the outbreak, according to federal officials as of last Friday.

The Walmart salad recall is for Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, which is sold in 12- and 24-ounce bags in stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The same mix can also be purchased at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart stores in the Midwestern United States. (In other news, Walmart recently had to recall ground beef due to suspected contamination as well.)

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"Check your home for any of these recalled salads. Throw any remaining salad away, even if some of it has been eaten and no one has gotten sick," according to the outbreak update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"If you live in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and don't know whether the bagged salad mix you have in your home is one of these recalled salads, do not eat it. Throw it away."

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite that causes an intestinal illness, the symptoms of which include watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue, according to the CDC.

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