July 31st, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Bagged Salad Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

Mixed salad in a bag is now being linked to a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened hundreds of Americans in more than a dozen states. The CDC says people are so sick they have been hospitalized.

Nearly 400 people in 15 states have reported food poisoning symptoms caused by the microscopic parasite cyclospora. Health officials in two states have traced the source to bagged salad, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

"We saw that there was a common exposure to bagged lettuce, bagged salad products," says Steven Mandernach, Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals.

While a specific brand of bagged salad has not been named, health officials in Iowa and Nebraska blame mixed salad bags of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage. They also say the salad mix is no longer on shelves in these states.

In general, cyclospora is usually found on produce that may have come in contact with fecal matter. The CDC and FDA are continuing to look at the outbreak, and other possible causes because they're not sure if all cases are part of the same outbreak.


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