CDC: Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits

Posted on December 10, 2019 by


CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

At A Glance

  • Reported Cases: 8
  • States: 3
  • Hospitalizations: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recall: No

Do not eat or sell Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information: UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19. This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner.

    • Check your fridge for this salad kit.
      • Don’t eat it. Throw it away.
      • Even if some of the kit was eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest away.
      • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where the salad kit was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
    • Retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve this salad kit.
Latest Outbreak Information
  • Eight people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from three states.
    • Three people have been hospitalized.  One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
  • Information collected to date indicates that Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits are a likely source of this outbreak.
  • The investigation is ongoing to determine what ingredient in the salad kit was contaminated.
  • Romaine lettuce is one of the ingredients in the salad kit, but we do not know yet if this outbreak is related to a current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.
  • CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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