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Cyclospora Outbreak

6/22/2020

The FDA along with CDC and state and local public health partners are investigating 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.  This applies only to the store brand salads labeled as “garden salads” and not for other types of store brand packaged salads sold at these retailers.  More information can be found here:

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-cyclospora-bagged-salads-june-2020

 

Cyclospora is a parasite commonly found in developing countries, but in the past several years, several outbreaks have occurred in the U.S., especially during the summer months.

  • These outbreaks and illnesses often occur as a result of eating contaminated fresh produce.

 

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include:

  • Frequent watery diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Cramping, bloating, and/or increased gas
  • Nausea (vomiting is less common)
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

 

It may take a week or more after consuming contaminated product for symptoms to begin.

  • If you have any of these symptoms, see your health care provider who can specifically order Cyclospora parasite testing and provide appropriate treatment.

 

As of June 20, 2020, 61 cases of Cyclospora have been reported across 19 Iowa counties. 

  • Neighboring states of IL, KS, MN, MO, and NE are also reporting an increase in Cyclospora cases. 

 

At this time, FDA and CDC are recommending that consumers should not eat, and restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve:

  • all ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad sold in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri,
  • all Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad sold in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska, and
  • Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad sold in Illinois.

 

Public health is promptly investigating all reported cases to identify common exposures and assess any ongoing risk.

For more information about cyclosporiasis, visit:

https://www.idph.iowa.gov/cade/disease-information/cyclospora

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/index.html