Fresh Express, has issued a voluntary recall of branded and private label salad products produced at its Streamwood, IL facility that contains iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrot ingredients due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora. According to the CDC, over 200 illnesses have been reported in connection with a current outbreak of Cyclospora occurring in primarily Midwest states.
Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite. A person may become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches, and fatigue. The infection is treated with antibiotics and most people respond quickly to treatment.
The Fresh Express recall includes only those salads that are clearly marked with the letter Z at the beginning of the Product Code, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package. Products containing the ingredients iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrots AND displaying the Product Code Z178, or a lower number, are recalled.
Recalled products were distributed to select retail stores between June 6 and June 26 in various states including Missouri.