Aldi, Jewel-Osco recall salads in Indiana after Cyclospora outbreak in Midwest

Aldi and Jewel-Osco are voluntarily recalling certain salad mixes for Indiana that may be part of a Cyclospora infection outbreak across eight Midwestern states. 

The salad recalls, which also include products at Walmart and Hy-Vee, span a dozen states after the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued safety alerts as early as June 19. The mixes are produced by Fresh Express in Illinois and contain iceberg lettuce, carrots and red cabbage.

Aldi issued a recall June 25 for 12-ounce bags of Little Salad Bar garden salad that have use-by dates between May 1 and June 29.

Jewel-Osco issued a recall June 20 for 12-ounce bags of Signature Farms garden salad with use-by dates between May 16 and July 4.

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What consumers should do

Consumers should check their home for any of these recalled salads. It’s best to throw any remaining salad away, even if some of it has been eaten and no one has gotten sick.

The FDA and CDC also advised consumers who live in Indiana and surrounding states and do not know if their salad was part of the recall to be safe and throw it away. 

What should you do if you get sick?

According to the CDC, you can take several steps.

  • Talk to your health care provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the two weeks before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to the health department or to public health investigators.

What is a Cyclospora infection?

A Cyclospora infection is caused by a small intestinal parasite that can contaminate food or water, according to the CDC. Symptoms can appear anywhere between two and 14 days but usually begin after about a week.

The CDC says common symptoms of a Cyclospora infection include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue and increased gas. Vomiting and a low-grade fever are also possible symptoms but are less common.

How bad is the outbreak?

There were 206 cases of Cyclospora with 23 hospitalizations as of June 25, according to the CDC.

Indiana was not one of the states listed with known infections. Federal health agencies believe there may be another cause for some infections and will continue to investigate.

Fresh Express was also involved in a 2018 Cyclospora outbreak linked to products from Indianapolis-based Caito Foods and McDonald’s.

Email IndyStar Pulliam Fellow Lydia Gerike at lgerike@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @LydiaGerike.