Fresh Express, as a precaution, issued a voluntary recall of branded and private label salad products produced at its plant in Streamwood, Illinois that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and / or carrots due to a possible health risk Cyclospora. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200 illnesses have been reported in an ongoing epidemic ofCyclospora occurring mainly in the Midwest states.
Cyclosporosis is an intestinal infection caused by Cyclospora parasite. A person can become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue. The infection is treated with antibiotics and most people respond quickly to treatment.
The Fresh Express recall only includes salads clearly marked with the letter WITH at the beginning of the product code, which is located in the upper right corner of the front of the packaging. Products containing the ingredients iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and / or carrots AND displaying the Product code Z178, or a lower number, are recalled.
The recalled products were distributed to certain retail stores between June 6 and June 26 in various states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota , Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
No other Fresh Express product can be recalled.
Fresh Express customers have been notified of the recall and have been instructed to immediately remove the recalled products from all store, distribution and other inventory shelves to ensure they are no longer available for sale. or for consumption.
Consumers who may have a recalled salad should discard it immediately and not eat it. Consumers with questions or for refunds can contact the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. , Eastern time. .
Fresh Express takes food safety issues very seriously, strictly follows all mandatory regulations and implements preventive measures designed to minimize potential risks. Fresh Express is working in close coordination with the FDA in its ongoing investigation to identify a definitive source of current Cyclospora epidemic.