Fresh Express fresh salads recalled after more than 200 illnesses were reported

Fresh Express issued a voluntary recall of private label and branded salad products due to possible contamination with Cyclospora, an intestinal parasite that can cause diarrhea. More than 200 diseases in 30 states and Washington, DC, have been linked to bagged salads, which contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrot ingredients.

Recalled products are marked with the letter “Z” at the beginning of the product code, which is located in the upper right corner of the front of the package. Those products that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and / or carrots and displaying product code Z178 or lower “Z” number are recalled.

You can find a complete list of the recalled salads on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

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Common symptoms of Cyclospora infection include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches, and fatigue. The infection can be treated with antibiotics, and most people recover quickly from treatment.

Anyone with a salad removed at home should immediately discard it and not eat it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several Cyclospora outbreaks every summer. In 2018, an outbreak of Cyclospora related to McDonald’s salad sickened more than 500 people.