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•  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is "warning consumers and retailers in eight Midwestern states to stay away from some bagged salad mixes as officials investigate an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite," the New York Times reports.

"More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who reported eating the salad mixes before getting sick have lab-confirmed infections of the illness, cyclosporiasis," the story says, all of which were made by Fresh Express.  Two dozen people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

The story notes that "Fresh Express announced a separate voluntary recall on Saturday of dozens of products produced in Streamwood that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots, after it learned from the F.D.A. that the products may be linked to the outbreak."


•  From the Washington Post:

"Consumer spending rebounded a record 8.2 percent in May as many states began lifting stay-at-home orders and businesses reopened, according to federal data released Friday.

"The increased spending comes despite a 4.2 percent drop in personal income, the Commerce Department reported. Personal incomes soared 10.5 percent in April, thanks to $1,200 stimulus checks and other federal help."

The Post writes that "the spending surge is the largest on record, stretching back to 1959, said Jeannine Aversa, a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and helped mitigate the 6.6 percent drop recorded in March and the 12.6 percent tumble in April, when the pandemic forced much of the economy into hibernation and set off a recession. There have been more than 47.3 million applications for unemployment benefits filed since March."