As if I needed another reason to avoid salads, there is another recall on bagged salads and Minnesota is on the list.

If you are stashing some Fresh Express salad in your fridge, beware because it's been linked to illnesses in many states including Minnesota. The illnesses are linked to Fresh Express products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrot ingredients.

The CDC states “products were sold in many states under either the brand name Fresh Express or the store brand labels ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside.”

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Fresh Express also put out their own statement  “Out of an abundance of caution, we have issued a voluntary recall of both branded and private label salad products that were produced at the Streamwood facility and contain those ingredients. The recalled products are clearly marked with the letter “Z” at the beginning of the Product Code, which is located on the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package.  Those products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrots AND displaying the Product Code Z178, or a lower “Z” number, are recalled.”

The Fresh Express recall includes the states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

If you happen to have any of this recalled salad at home, you should throw it out and, obviously, don't eat it. Check with your place of purchase about any refund that may be available.