A lawsuit has been filed against a bagged salad brand after the FDA and CDC linked its product to hundreds of parasite infections in the United States, leading the product to be recalled in June.
Tainted salad mix from Fresh Express, which was sold at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Jewel-Osco stores, caused an outbreak of cyclospora across the Midwest, according to an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Six-hundred and forty-one people with laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections and who reported eating bagged salad mix before getting sick have been reported from 11 states — Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin,” the CDC announced in a press release on July 24.
The parasite, which can be ingested via contaminated food, can cause an intestinal infection known as cyclosporiasis, according to the FDA. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis may include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss and cramping, among others, the FDA says.
Thirty-seven people were hospitalized with the illness between May 11 and July 5, the FDA and CDC reported.
Illinois is the epicenter of the outbreak, with 198 confirmed cases.
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Source: ABC News