The FDA Is Investigating a Cyclospora Outbreak That May Be Linked to Bagged Salad

The ready-to-eat salads from Aldi, Walmart and more are under investigation for possible parasite contamination.

We recently saw a ground beef recall (40,000 pounds of the stuff) hit Walmart and our kitchens, and now, there’s a new investigation on the horizon.

The FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to look into an outbreak of cyclospora that was initially linked to salads from Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco. Now, the investigation has reached Giant Eagle, ShopRite and Walmart.

The health alert affects 31 states, plus the District of Columbia. You can find the official FDA statement and the recall map here.

Here’s What We Know

On June 19, 2020, the FDA released an alert warning Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco shoppers that their bagged salads may contain a microscopic parasite called cyclospora. The alert includes Little Salad Bar brand garden salad from Aldi, Hy-Vee brand garden salad from Hy-Vee and Signature Farms brand garden salad from Jewel-Osco.

As of June 29, Giant Eagle, ShopRite and Walmart have joined the recall roster. All of the afflicted bagged salads come from the same manufacturer, Fresh Express. The FDA says it is likely other retailers will be affected.

So far, 206 total cases have been reported with 23 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. Still, the FDA and CDC urge shoppers to take a second look in their crisper drawers, just to make sure these salads don’t make their way to dinner. Aldi has already issued a recall statement for the salad, as have the other retailers.

Here’s What You Need to Do

For starters, take a look at the product images provided by the FDA. If you live in one of the affected states and recently purchased any of these salads, your best course of action is to discard them ASAP. The FDA is working with retailers to remove these products from shelves, but many of the contaminated products were purchased by unsuspecting customers.

This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any questions or would like to report a case, you can always reach out a Consumer Complaint Coordinator on the FDA website.

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What Is Cyclospora?

Cyclospora is a microscopic parasite that can infect your intestinal tract and cause some uncomfortable symptoms. It’s typically contracted by consuming food or water that’s contaminated by the parasite. Cyclospora doesn’t go away on its own, either. If you suspect you or a family member may have been infected by cyclospora, contact your doctor. Stay safe!

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.