Health officials are warning the public about a recent food contamination recall. The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco grocery store brand “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots.
ALDI, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco grocery stores have recalled their store brand bagged salads specifically labeled as “garden salads” and sold in mid-western states, including Illinois. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food contaminated with the parasite or by drinking or swimming in contaminated water.
Person-to-person transmission generally does not occur. Cyclospora can cause watery diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms can last for a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may go away and come back again multiple times. Most people who have healthy immune systems will recover without treatment.