Salad might not be the healthiest choice right now. Not if you buy yours in a bagged kit, anyway. Two recalls related to bagged salad products hit the news at the same time this week. Here’s what you need to know.
Publix Supermarkets Recalls Bagged Salad Kits
Publix, a popular grocery chain throughout the Southeast, is pulling several lots of Fresh Express salad kids. Specifically, the Fresh Express 11.5-ounce Southwest Chopped Kit is the culprit.
Certain lots of these salad kits were shipped out with the wrong packet of salad toppings That might not seem like a major problem, aside from the obvious flavor mismatch. However, it means that certain undeclared allergens may be contained in the package.
Given the list of allergens in the recall–wheat, soy, cashews, and coconut–we can guess at the mix-up. It appears that the salad topping packet for the Southwest flavor was swapped for the Thai ‘n’ Cashews flavor. If you were allergic to tree nuts, then accidentally taking a bite of a salad covered with chopped cashews would be a very bad thing.
If you purchased the Southwest salad kit from Fresh Express with production codes G163B10A and G163B10B, UPC code 071279306025 and use-by date of June 29, do not consume the product. Throw it away and contact Publix for a refund. If you have any questions, please reach out to Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472.
Garden Salad Blend Sold in Midwest May Be Contaminated with Parasite
While consumers in the Southeast are dealing with undeclared allergens, those in the Midwest are faced with a dangerous parasite. Shoppers at Hy-Vee and Aldi may have picked up bagged salads containing Cyclospora.
The FDA warns that Aldi’s Little Salad Bar Garden Salad and the Hy-Vee branded Garden Salad are linked to an intestinal parasite that can cause a very unpleasant illness. So far, at least 100 people have gotten sick from the outbreak of cyclosporiasis. Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, fever, and unintentional weight loss.
The 12 oz. bagged salad blends were sold at Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Aldi salad blend was sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
It’s common practice for store brands–and often name brands–to source their foods from the same supplier. It would appear that Aldi, Hy-Vee, and potentially Jewel-Osco grocery stores in the Midwest all used the same salad supplier for their store brand products.