Authorities Confirm Salad Food Poisoning Outbreak, Won’t Say Where Salads Were Sold

Hundreds of people in the Midwest got very sick from a bagged salad mix contaminated with a nasty little parasite called cyclospora. That’s how many cases authorities were able to confirm: there are probably many more who didn’t see a doctor or let the health department know they were sick. What no one will tell the public is where the fateful poo-contaminated salads were served.

If there’s a recall, then releasing the names of the businesses “enhances public safety,” a state official told the Des Moines Register. So they’re not saying. If you ate salad recently and your digestive system has been turned inside-out, it’s up to you to figure out which salad was responsible.

Symptoms of Cyclospora include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, and fatigue. Symptoms can last for weeks or months, and muscle aches and fatigue can continue long after the gross intestinal symptoms are over.

Bagged salads blamed for cyclospora food-poisoning outbreak [Des Moines Register]
Parasites – Cyclosporiasis (Cyclospora Infection) [CDC]