Tags: bagged | salad | linked | stomach | bug

Bagged Salad Linked to Stomach Bug Sickening 370 in 16 States

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 11:16 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A bagged salad mix has been implicated as the source of the stomach bug outbreak that has sickened more than 370 people in at least 16 states, health officials announced Tuesday.

Food inspectors in Nebraska and Iowa, where the most cases have been reported, said a bagged salad mix caused the cyclospora epidemic sweeping the country, though they wouldn’t name the brand or producer.

In Iowa, investigators found that a salad mix was the common denominator in 80 percent of cases, according to NBC News. In Nebraska, the bagged salad was tagged in 85 percent of cases.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

"The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska," Steven Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, told NBC News. "Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged mix is no longer in the state's food supply chain."

But the Food and Drug Administration has yet to confirm the link between the bagged salad and all of the 372 cases reported nationwide.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

"FDA will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners in the investigation to determine whether this conclusion applies to the increased number of cases of cyclosporiasis in other states," the agency said in a statement. "The goal will be to combine information collected from other affected states with that provided by the state health authorities in Iowa to identify a specific food item linked to the illnesses."

The cyclospora sickness is a one-celled parasite that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, and other stomach bug symptoms.

Related stories:

Origin of Stomach Bug Sickening 300 in Several States Still a Mystery

US Hit by New Stomach Bug Spreading Around Globe

It Sounds Disgusting, But New Treatment Cures Stomach Bug  

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved