Fresh Express salad recall includes 90 products -- all from same plant

Andrew Cummings
July 2, 2020

Fresh Express is recalling some salad products effective immediately, due to possible Cyclospora contamination.

So far, more than 200 illnesses have been reported that linked to a Cyclospora outbreak primarily located in the Midwest.

The recall covers several brands of the Fresh Express Chopped Kits including Chipotle Cheddar, Thai "N" Cashews, Sunflower Crisp, Asian and Southwest, as well as its American, Veggie Lover's, Iceberg Garden, SHREDS Ice Berg, Green & Crisp and 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw brands. Any product that has a code of Z178 or numbers lower than 178 and feature iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrot ingredients should not be eaten.

MI is among the states in which the products affected were sold.

A complete list can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website.

People become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with human feces that contain the parasite, with frequent bouts of watery diarrhea the most common symptom.

The recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The CFIA is following up to make sure the products are removed from shelves.

Those with questions can call Fresh Express at 800-242-5472, Monday through Saturday, 8 7 p.m., Eastern time, Sundays, 11 7 p.m.

The investigation includes Fresh Express-branded products as well as products made by Fresh Express for retail store brands sold at Aldi, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite and Walmart.

The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local officials continue to investigate the multi-state outbreak.

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