FDA warns to avoid certain “Garden Salad” products from 3 Midwest retailers due to cyclospora

The FDA issues a warning to consumers to avoid certain store brand packaged and labeled “Garden Salad” products from three retailers in the Midwest due to Cyclospora.

Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response  said: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, have likely linked a new outbreak of illnesses caused by Cyclospora to certain store brand ‘Garden Salad Mix’ products from Hy-Vee, ALDI and Jewel-Osco, predominantly in Midwestern states.”

“The FDA is working with the companies to determine the source of the products, but in the meantime, we are issuing a public warning to consumers to avoid the identified products to prevent additional infections.”

“While there is no widely available method to DNA-fingerprint Cyclospora, the epidemiologic investigation has identified grocery stores and products linked to illnesses caused by this parasite.”

“The FDA continues to stand ready to respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness and we will update consumers as our investigation continues.”

The products affected are:

  • ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad, sold in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri;
  • All Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad sold in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska; and
  • Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad sold in Illinois.

This advisory is only for these store brand “garden salad mixes” and not for other types of store brand packaged salads sold at these retailers.

For more information:
Peter Cassell
FDA
Tel: +1 (240) 402-6537
www.fda.gov 


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