Salad ingredients (iceberg lettuce, carrots, red cabbage) continue to be items of interest in the food safety investigation. FDA’s inspection continues at the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois. As of July 8, 2020, CDC is reporting a total of 509 cases across 8 states.
The National Grocers Association (NGA), is partnering with ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and the Global Risk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, to bring a new, comprehensive cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention program to grocery retailers.
Consumers should not eat, and restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve any Fresh Express products currently on the market that were made in the Streamwood, Illinois, production facility and contain either iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, or carrots.
The produce industry’s scientific community has targeted Listeria for more study, since that pathogen has targeted the produce industry so directly the past few years.
In a press release, Jewel-Osco stated its recall of bagged Signature Farms Garden Salad, sold in its stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, was "in cooperation with the Fresh Express recall of bagged salads potentially linked to an outbreak of Cyclospora infections" in midwestern states.
CDC, FDA investigating a multi-state outbreak of Cyclospora tied to salads from Hy-Vee, Aldi, and Jewel-Osco in the Midwest- General News
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)external icon are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mix purchased at ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Fresh Express 11.5-ounce Southwest Chopped Kit to the presence of undeclared wheat, soy, cashews, and coconut.
The Produce Marketing Association has announced the launch of its eLearning certificate course Essentials of Produce Safety, an entirely online, affordable and in-depth program covering the key challenges and best practices in produce safety.
Procurant, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the global food supply chain, announced the creation of a new customer innovation center and the release of Procurant Trace, a mobile, cloud-based service that enables accurate product identification, even in the harshest of packing environments.
A team of biologists at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University has developed a method for installing bar codes into fruits and vegetables.