FDA Probes Possible Cyclospora in Bagged Salads

Aldi recalls garden salads, but additional retailers may be affected by the outbreak.

June 25, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—This week, ALDI, in association with Fresh Express Inc., recalled ALDI’s 12-ounce Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads from stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, and the FDA is continuing to see if other potentially adulterated products are still on stores shelves.

According to Dr. Max Teplitski, chief science officer of the Produce Marketing Association, the recall covers all product codes of ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salads with use-by dates of May 16 to July 4.

Since 2000, there have been more than 42 outbreaks in the U.S. attributed to the human parasitic pathogen Cyclospora cayetanensis, and almost 80% hit like clockwork from late April or early May through July. About 40% of the outbreaks have a known or suspected association with produce consumption, both imported and domestically produced. Several seasonal outbreaks, including during this May onset window over the past three years, also tend to have a geographic regional aspect of exposure/point of sale or consumption, Teplitski wrote in a letter to produce association members.

Currently, there are no new specific actions possible for growers, shippers, handlers or the industry at large outside of the outbreak investigation, trace-back efforts and consumer awareness and outreach already underway. However, being informed is always an advantage.

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