The United States CDC Centers for Disease Control today issued an official appeal to the general public in the country, urging them to temporarily stop consuming so-called packaged salads or at least limit their consumption. The fact is that some time ago, CDC specialists found dangerous pathogens in several samples of such salads, and just a couple of days ago, hospitals throughout the Midwestern United States received many complaints about gastrointestinal upsets. Scientists believe that everything is mainly to blame for products that are packaged under well-known brands such as Aldi and Express Garden Salad.
It is worth noting that packaged salads represent a rather popular alternative to simple vegetables in the United States, since they are often cheaper, easier to find, and you can consume them without any prior preparation in general.
However, specialists from the US CDC center have informed the public about the need to for now refuse their purchase and consumption – at least in the Midwest of the country – since laboratory tests of such products have for the most part revealed the presence of a dangerous food pathogen known under the Cyclospora index, which causes quite serious gastrointestinal disorders – a total of 122 people with obvious symptoms of such diseases were admitted to hospitals. The danger remains particularly high in states such as Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Dakota, Indiana, Iowa and North Dakota, although the true extent of distribution is unknown.
By and large, we are talking about such large manufacturers of packaged salads and other processed foods as Aldi, Jewel-Osco, Hy-Vee and others, so that most of the residents of the Midwestern United States at this point in time are very at risk of getting this foodborne pathogen if Does not heed the advice and recommendations of CDC specialists. It remains only to wait for the final laboratory testing and the decision of specialists regarding the general level of safety of such products.