WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Ill., as the likely source of an outbreak of Cyclospora infections, Food Safety News reports.
Fresh Express has recalled 91 products distributed to 30 states and the District of Columbia that were produced at the plant. The news follows last week’s report of a Cyclospora outbreak linked to Fresh Express bagged salad sold at Aldi locations that prompted an FDA investigation. “Currently, the epidemiologic and traceback information collected by federal and state investigators indicates that a likely cause of this outbreak is a product made at the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Ill.,” the agency said.
Fresh Express-branded products, as well as Fresh Express for retail store brands for Walmart (Walmart Marketside), ShopRite (ShopRite Wholesome Pantry), Jewel-Osco (Jewel-Osco Signature Farms), Hy-Vee, Giant Eagle and Aldi (Aldi’s Little Salad Bar), are included in the recall. Investigators are looking into whether other retail brands of bagged salad mixes are tainted, too.
The recalled products display the product code Z178 or lower. States where the products were sold are Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Fresh Express also supplies fresh produce to foodservice operators and retailers in the United States. For more information regarding the FDA’s investigation of Cyclospora and how retailers can determine whether any of their products may be at risk, visit FDA’s resource page here.