Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

A salmonella outbreak that's sickened 21 people in five states has been linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. Five people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Consumers and retailers should not eat, serve or sell the pasta salad, the CDC said.

Illnesses associated with the outbreak began on dates ranging from June 23 to July 3, 2018. Hy-Vee removed Spring Pasta Salad from all of its stores on July 16 and recalled the product on July 17.

The recalled pasta salad was sold in 1-pound (16 oz.) and 3-pound (48 oz.) plastic containers, or scooped at the deli counter into clear plastic containers. They containers have expiration dates ranging from June 22, 2018, to August 3, 2018.

The pasta salad was sold in all Hy-Vee grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Consumers with the recalled pasta salad should return it to the store for a refund or throw it away. Even if some of the pasta salad was eaten and no one got sick, do not eat it, the CDC said.

The ingredient in the pasta salad that was contaminated has not been pinpointed. The investigation is continuing.

Illness (diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps) from salmonella begins 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week, but some cases last longer and are more severe, the CDC said.

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