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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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