UNDATED (KMHL) – The Minnesota Department of Health announced that an outbreak of Cyclospora infections has been linked to ALDI and Hy-Vee store brand “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the intestinal illness has sickened 13 people in Minnesota. Of those 13, none of the cases required hospitalization, but 11 of the 13 are from greater Minnesota. Health officials say the illness onset dates range from June 1 through June 9.
Health officials Cyclospora is not spread person-to-person, and regular washing of produce with typical sanitizing methods is unlikely to kill Cyclospora. Infection with Cyclospora, known as cyclosporiasis, is caused by the parasite Cyclospora and is spread through consumption of fresh produce.
According to health officials, symptoms typically include watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss. People typically become ill about a week after exposure, but this period can range from 2-14 days. Diarrhea can last several weeks if not treated.
The department of health says consumers should not eat ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad or HyVee Brand Garden Salad if they still have it in their refrigerator.