Bagged salad has been blamed for the bug, cyclospora, that has been going around in the U.S. over the past few weeks. On July 31, the LA Times reported that over 350 people in at least 15 states have been made sick due to a mysterious stomach bug that can last weeks. Up to this point, the CDC has been baffled by this bug and what’s causing it.
“An investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Health has linked a prepackaged salad mix to the outbreak, after the agency determined at least 80% of reported cases were exposed to the same mix,” CBS News reported (via the LA Times).
Bagged salad and the bug have been linked and that’s not surprising. When news of cyclospora first broke, the CDC suspected contaminated food — perhaps basil — was the culprit. There are a few lab tests that need to be done before the CDC can confirm this possibility.
“The mix, whose brand or manufacturer have yet to be named, contains iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. Ingredients in the mix are not believed to be Iowa-grown,” the LA Times reported. Obviously, if you don’t want to chance getting sick, you should stay away from any products like this for a while.
The bagged salad bug isn’t a typical 24-72 hour thing either. The cyclospora parasite can make people sick for 57+ days if left untreated.
© Effie Orfanides 2013