Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Salad Kits Linked to Major E. Coli Outbreak

The CDC recommends that you toss any uneaten Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits.

Fresh Express salad kits have been linked to a multistate outbreak of E. coli, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just two weeks ago, ready-made salads from retailers like Aldi, Walmart and Target were recalled due to possible E. coli contamination. Now, the CDC has issued a Food Safety Alert about Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits.

The CDC says eight people from Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota have been infected with the E. coli strain O157:H7. That’s the same strain of E. coli behind this major romaine lettuce recall.

What products are involved?

Look for Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. Right now, the CDC is working to determine exactly what ingredient in the salad kit was contaminated. The salad kit is made with romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, though. Use this USDA app to stay up-to-date on food recalls.

How do I know if I have one of these products?

Your salad kit would be labeled with UPC 0 71279 30906 4. The affected Fresh Express kits begin with lot code Z and will have a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19.

This info is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner:

Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits Food Safety AlertCourtesy CDC

Your grocery store should not be selling this Fresh Express kit, but it wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye out during your next shopping trip.

I have one of these products! What should I do?

Don’t eat it. The CDC recommends that you throw it away! Even if some of the kit was eaten and no one appears to be sick, you should still toss the rest. Then, wash and sanitize the drawers or shelves in any refrigerators where you stored the salad kit. This is how to sanitize your refrigerator—and keep it clean.

How can I avoid spreading E. coli?

Wash all the leafy greens you buy—even pre-washed lettuce. You should also wash your hands thoroughly before and after preparing food.

For more advice on keeping your family safe, check out our guide to preventing E. coli contamination.

Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!