Parasite Is Hiding in Salad Mixes Across 8 States

206 people have already tested positive
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2020 12:00 PM CDT
People Are Getting Sick From Eating This Salad
You might want to toss this salad.   (Getty Images)

Salad lovers, watch out: The FDA and the CDC are warning about an outbreak linked to certain salads sold at Jewel-Osco, Hy-Vee, and Walmart stores, USA Today reports. Long story short, the stores are recalling garden-salad mixes made by a Fresh Express facility in Streamwood, Illinois, and other brands may also be affected. Seems the salads contain a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, bloating, weight loss, stomach cramps, gas, and loss of appetite.

CNN notes that 206 people have tested positive across eight states, mostly in the Midwest: Illinois (57), Iowa (74), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10) Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13). Another 23 people have been hospitalized. The CDC is also warning residents of Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, and South Dakota to check their fridges for bagged salad mixes that should be thrown out. (Read more outbreak stories.)

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