If you live in the Midwest, you may want to avoid buying bagged salads for the time being,media reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed a new outbreak linked to the product that could put consumers at risk of contracting a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal discomfort. Several branded bagged salads sold by retailers have now been recalled as part of the outbreak.
The outbreak involved a foodborne pathogenic bacteria called spores, and the problem was related to a mixed bag salad containing other vegetables such as cabbage and carrots and cabbage. As of June 23, the CDC reported that the outbreak has infected 122 people in the Midwest, ranging in age from 19 to 92.
In addition, the CDC said 19 of the 118 people with data were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported so far. But it takes four to six weeks for people to get sick after eating contaminated food, so cases are likely to increase in the future.
It is understood that the recalled salad food brands as of June 20 include Signature Farms Garden Garden, Little Salad Bar Garden Salad and Fresh Express Garden Garden Salad. The recall covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Michigan.