Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco recalled packaged green salad products due to cyclospora. Aldi image not available.
Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco recalled packaged green salad products due to cyclospora. Aldi image not available.

Update July 9, 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced that the number of people with confirmed cyclospora infections rose to 509 and 33 people have been hospitalized. The new illnesses occured in the same eight states: Illinois (151), Iowa (160), Kansas (5), Minnesota (63), Missouri (46) Nebraska (48), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (30).

Update June 29, 2020: This recall has been expanded to include bagged coleslaw, salads, and salad kits sold under the Fresh Express brand as well as Giant Eagle and ShopRite store brands. Read about this expansion and download a PDF of all the products involved in the recall.


Walmart Friday became the fourth retailer involved in a recall of bagged salad because of potential cyclospora contamination.

The cyclospora outbreak, which has sickened 206 people, mainly in the Midwest, was first linked to salads sold in grocers Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on June 25. No deaths have been reported, but 23 of the victims have been hospitalized.   

The illnesses, which occurred between May 11 and June 17, were reported in Illinois (57), Iowa (74), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10), Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13).

The salads were sold under the stores' brand, but Fresh Express is the manufacturer. Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to not eat, and stores to not sell, the following bagged “garden salad” products, which contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots:

• Aldi Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

• All Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

• Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

• Walmart Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad sold in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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The products should no longer be on store shelves. If you have any of these packaged garden salads, the CDC urges you to throw them away, even if some of it has already been eaten and no one has been sickened.

Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart have all said that if you have these packaged garden salads, you can return them or your receipt to the store for a full refund. When CR asked whether consumers can return the product to Aldi stores for a refund, the company did not reply.

The warning does not apply to other types of store-brand packaged salads sold at Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco retailers, the FDA says. However, according to the CDC, not all of the cyclospora illnesses have been definitively linked to these bagged lettuces, and the agency is continuing to investigate.

Cyclospora Symptoms

Cyclospora is seasonal, says Peter Cassell, an FDA spokesperson. The parasite tends to show up more often in warmer weather. In fact, many types of foodborne illnesses arise more often during the summer, according to the CDC, so be aware of the symptoms. (Here's how to avoid foodborne illness in the summer.)

The CDC says the main signs of cyclospora infection are frequent bowel movements and/or watery, even explosive, diarrhea. Flu-like symptoms, such as vomiting, body aches, headaches, or low-grade fever, may also occur. Some people experience appetite loss, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. But not everyone who is infected has symptoms.

You’ll need antibiotics to fight off cyclospora, so contact your physician immediately if you exhibit any of these symptoms, and be prepared to list everything you’ve eaten in the last two weeks or so. It can take between two and 14 days before any symptoms begin.

Rinsing Lettuce Will Not Help

Rinsing off contaminated lettuce will not keep you safe from cyclospora, says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

“We have no evidence or data that you can effectively wash away any bacteria or parasite that causes foodborne illness, including cyclospora. Washing really only removes the dirt and other things that may cling to the greens.”  

In fact, the CDC says the parasite is so small that you can see it only through a microscope. And removing it can be almost impossible because “there are cracks and crevices where the bugs can hide and stick so tightly that water will not remove them,” Rogers says. 

The Details

Products recalled: Bagged “garden salad” from Aldi, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and Walmart stores, as follows:

• Aldi Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad (12-ounce package) sold in stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin with “Best If Used By” dates of May 1 through June 29 and a UPC code of 4099100082975.

• All Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad (12-ounce package) sold in stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; all UPCs and expiration dates.

• Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad (12-ounce package) sold in stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. With “Best if Used By” dates of May 16 through July 4 (5-16-20 through 7-04-20) printed on the top right corner of the front of the package and a UPC code of 21130 98135, found on the back of the package and with the unique plant number S5417.

• Walmart Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad (12-ounce package) UPC Code 6 81131 32894 4 and Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad (24-ounce package) UPC Code 6 81131 32895 1, sold in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin with "Best-If-Used-By-Date" of May 19 through July 4.

The problem: The lettuce may be contaminated with the parasite cyclospora.

The fix: Check packages for the information above before purchasing packaged garden salad from these grocery brands, and do not buy it. If you have any of this salad in your refrigerator, do not eat it. Throw it away. If you purchased the packaged salad at Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco or Walmart, you can get a refund at your nearest store.

How to Contact the Manufacturers
• Walmart customers are instructed to call the distributor,
Fresh Express Consumer Response Center 1-800-242-5472 Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

• Call Hy-Vee Customer Care at 800-772-4098 or 856-832-3881.
• Call Jewel-Osco at 877-723-3929.
• Aldi does not list a contact phone number, but you can fill out a form at aldi.us/en/contact.

Editor's Note: This article, originally published on June 22, has been updated to include new information from Walmart and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Correction: This article previously listed Montana as one of the states where people have become ill. The correct state is Missouri.