Salad in bags contaminated with parasites sickens 122 people in 7 states

A recalled bagged salad distributed in a dozen midwestern states by grocery stores sickened 122 people in seven states and sent 19 to the hospital, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. . USA The salad distributed by Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and Aldi supermarkets is contaminated with cyclospore, a parasite that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and fatigue.

The salad mix containing carrots, red cabbage, and iceberg lettuce is packaged as Hy-Vee brand garden salads, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms brand garden salads, and ALDI Little Salad Bar brand garden salads. They have all been recalled and consumers are advised not to eat them.

The CDC said the highest number of illnesses was reported in Iowa at 54. Illinois is 30. Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin also reported illnesses, which were first reported on May 11 and have been as recent as June 15.

The salads were sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The CDC said it is continuing to investigate and is working to determine if other recent cases of cyclospore infection are related to contaminated ingredients in these bagged salad mixes.