Fresh Express salad products recalled across Canada for possible parasite contamination

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      A number of pre-packaged salad products are undergoing a food safety investigation and are being recalled nationally.

      The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced on June 28 that Fresh Express is recalling some of its salad products due to possibly being contaminated with Cyclospora.

      Cyclospora is a parasite that causes Cyclosporiasis that causes an illness of the intestines.

      The following products are being recalled:

      • Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar (323 grams), UPC 0 71279306049 8, best before date Jul 08;
      • American (312 grams), UPC 0 71279241036 2, best before date Jul 11;
      • Chopped Kit Thai 'N' Cashews (332 grams), UPC 0 71279309255 0, best before date Jul 11;
      • Veggie Lover’s (340 grams), UPC 0 71279281063 6, best before date Jul 11;
      • Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp (315 grams), UPC 0 71279309330 4, best before date Jul 11;
      • Iceberg Garden (340 grams), UPC 0 71279103020 2, best before date Jul 12;           
      • Iceberg Garden (680 grams), UPC 0 71279104119 2, best before date Jul 12;
      • SHREDS (226 grams), UPC 0 71279151014 8, best before date Jul 12;
      • Green & Crisp (312 grams), UPC 0 71279108131 0, best before date Jul 12;
      • Chopped Kit Asian (340 grams), UPC 0 71279309293 2, best before date Jul 13;
      • Chopped Kit Southwest (326 grams), UPC 0 71279309309 0, best before date Jul 12;
      • 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw (397 grams), UPC 0 71279123028 2, best before date Jul 14.         

      So far, there haven’t been any reported illnesses associated with these products.

      However, anyone who becomes sick after consuming these products should contact a doctor, as it can be treated with prescription medication.

      Food contaminated with Cyclospora may not appear or smell spoiled but can still cause illness. Accordingly, anyone who has these products should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase.

      While some people infected with Cyclospora may not become ill, others may experience a range of symptoms, including watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, abdominal bloating and gas, mild fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, or weight loss.

      It may take seven to 14 days for symptoms to develop. If left untreated, symptoms may last from a few days up to a few months, and may disappear but later reappear.

      Cyclosporiasis is unlikely to spread directly between people as the parasite only infects others once it leaves the body through feces.

      While Cyclospora is uncommon in food in Canada, it can be found on food imported from other countries where it is common on food products such as basil, cilantro, raspberries, blackberries, snow and snap peas, mesclun lettuce, or pre-packaged salad mix.

      More information about Cyclosporiasis is available at the Health Canada website.