Multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to packaged salad from northern Ill.

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 11:25 AM CDT
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ROCHELLE, Ill. (KFVS) - A multi-state Salmonella outbreak was linked to packaged salad from northern Illinois.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad is produced in Rochelle, Ill.

It was sold in the following states:

  • Illinois - Mariano’s Fresh Markets, Walmart (select stores), Strack Van Till, Sullivan’s Foods, Caputo’s, Jewel-Osco
  • Wisconsin - Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market, Copps, Tadych’s, Walmart (select stores)
  • Iowa - Walmart (select stores)
  • Indiana - Strack Van Till

BrightFarms issued a voluntary recall of the packaged salad. It includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with “best by” dates through July 29.

  • BrightFarms Nutrigreens (3oz package)
  • BrightFarms Butter Crisp (4oz package)
  • BrightFarms Harvest Crunch (4oz package)
  • BrightFarms Mighty Romaine (4oz and 8oz packages)
  • BrightFarms 50/50 Spring and Spinach (4oz package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Crunch (4oz package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4oz and 8oz package)
  • BrightFarms Sunny Crunch (4oz and 8oz package)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported eight people from two states infected with Salmonella. Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 10 to June 15.

In Illinois, they say five cases matching the outbreak strain have been reported in Cook, DuPage and McHenry counties.

IDPH is working with federal officials to determine where the packaged salad was distributed in Illinois, so people could potentially be exposed across the state.

Symptoms of Salmonella may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, chills. fever, nausea and dehydration.

If you experience these symptoms 12 to 72 hours after eating BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad produced in Rochelle, Ill., contact a health care provider and let them know you recently ate the salad.

Anyone that bought the packaged salad should not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

IDPH said surfaces and containers that may have touched the contaminated products should be washed using hot and soapy water.

The department is working with local health departments, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the outbreak.

Consumers with questions are encouraged to call 1-866-857-8745 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT. You can also email with the subject line “Recall.”

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