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Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits

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There’s news of another E. coli outbreak! 😱

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits. So far, eight people from three states have been infected with the strain responsible for the outbreak.

This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region. That outbreak has caused over 100 reported cases of infection.

The CDC is still investigating and trying to determine whether the two E. coli outbreaks are somehow related. Initial information suggests that the romaine lettuce in the Sunflower Crisp kits likely came from the Salinas growing region, where the first outbreak originated.


Fresh Express Sunflower salad kit product code

Consumers, retailers, and restaurants should not sell or consume any of the Sunflower Crisp salad kits with a best-before date of December 7, 2019 or earlier. The CDC warns that the affected packages will also have the identification code UPC 0 71279 30906 4, and a lot code beginning with Z. The lot code is located on the top right corner of the front of the bag.

The CDC is urging anyone with this product to throw it away immediately. The agency also recommends washing and sanitizing any refrigerator shelves or drawers where the product was stored. For more information, the complete food safety alert can be viewed on the CDC’s website.


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Comments 5

  1. jennifer

    I’m feeling better every day about the extra money I’m spending on lettuce from local farmers.

    • Jodi P

      Most people do not have access to that, unfortunately.

    • JD

      Feel great that you are getting fresh great quality produce. But protection from E. Coli is zilch. Birds and deer urinate and poop where they wish. The ONLY sure fire way to kill E. coli is to cook the food and that of course is impossible with lettuce. Some of the most deadly E. Coli outbreaks have been associated with small farm apple growers.

    • JMcRayde

      Yes, I hear ya. I try to only buy Organic Girl salads and/or organic. I just feel more secure in knowing they regulate any possible contaminates more strictly. Very scary.

  2. Emily

    Oh great. I ate some of this last week, and the bag has been tossed. I am even in the state with the most reported cases… hopefully I don’t get sick.

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