Fresh Express bagged salads recalled after more than 200 illnesses reported

The salad mixes contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrot ingredients and are marked with the letter "Z" at the beginning of the product code.

Bagged salad recall expands

June 29, 202000:27

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By Jane Weaver

Fresh Express issued a voluntary recall of branded and private-label salad products because of possible contamination with Cyclospora, an intestinal parasite that can cause diarrhea. More than 200 illnesses have been reported in eight Midwestern states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bagged salads contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrot ingredients.

The recalled products are marked with the letter "Z" at the beginning of the product code, which is on the upper right corner of the front of the package. Those products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrots and displaying the product code Z178 or a lower "Z" number are recalled.

The recalled products were distributed to at least 30 states and Washington, D.C. between June 6 and June 26, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

A complete list of the recalled salads can be found at the FDA website.

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

Anyone who may have a recalled salad at home should discard it immediately and not eat it.

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