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Prepackaged Salad Linked For Recent Food Poisoning Outbreak

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  Original Published: 8/1/2013† Prepackaged salad mix is being linked to an outbreak that's sickened hundreds of Americans in more than a dozen states. † The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 21 people are so sick, they've been hospitalized.†† Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports. † Prepackaged salad, that's the answer to the mystery of what was causing the most recent food poisoning outbreak that has spread across the country. † Nearly 400 people in 15 states have reported food poisoning symptoms caused by this microscopic parasite, Cyclospora. † Health officials in two states tracing the source to bagged salad. † "We saw there was a common exposure to bagged lettuce, bagged salad products," says Steven Mandermach of the Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals. † While a specific brand has not yet been named, health officials in Iowa and Nebraska blame mixed salad bags of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage, † But they also add, the salad mix is no longer on the shelves in their states. † Now, this isn't the first time bagged salad has come under the microscope. † "Oh my God, I can see him!" † Earlier this month, Collissa Williams says her sister-in-law was pouring oout a bag of Kale, when she was shocked to discover a frog. † "She poured in the kale and she went to stir them," says Williams. "And she said, 'There's a frog in there!' And we're all like, a frog?" † And just this past February, an E-Coli scare triggered a nationwide recall on Taylor Farms Baby Spinach. † This most recent outbreak, sending at least 21 people in three states to the hospital. † Cyclospora is usually found on produce that may have come in contact with fecal matter. † The CDC and FDA are collaborating with health officials in numerous states to try and pin down the cause.
   
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