Iowa, Nebraska link cyclospora outbreaks to packaged salads

I don’t know what it is about some folks from Minnesota; they take any opportunity to lecture the rest of the country – and world – about how they should better investigate foodborne illness.

Amy was born in Albert Lea and I get the same attitude, about spongebob_oil_colbert_may3_103111-300x234other things.

Seriously, it’s not like you grew up with Wayne Gretzky.

But, they’re probably right.

Except this time the real culprit may be the leafy greens cone of silence.

The on-going cyclospora outbreak that has sickened almost 400 Americans in 15 states has been linked by Iowa and Nebraska to “a nationally distributed packaged salad mix.”

Can I buy that at retail? Good branding.

“Our investigation implicated prepackaged, prewashed, salad mix as the cause of this outbreak,” said Nebraska’s chief medical officer, Joseph Acierno, in the online update.

Both Iowa and Nebraska officials said in the online updates that the salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage, though neither state would name the brand or the lettuce_skull__e_coli__O145_1_story1-300x225producer of the bagged salad mix — and they would not say whether it was an imported or domestic product.

But it wasn’t yet clear whether the packaged salad was linked to other infections in other states, officials with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.