Many people are now questioning the source of a parasite that's responsible for the illnesses of hundreds of people in the U.S. across at least 16 states.

Officials in two states believe the parasite is linked to a pre-packaged salad mix, but others aren't so sure that's the cause. 


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Dr. Marc Siegel told Shannon Bream on Friday's America Live that government organizations are part of the problem, because different organizations oversee agriculture versus the packaged vegetable products themselves.

"There's a gap in food safety between the USDA and the FDA," he said. 


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One bit of good news, he said, is that it's not transferrable from person to person. Rather, it lives in the environment - on fruit and vegetables, for example - before becoming infectious. Then, it lodges in the small intestine, creating flu-like symptoms.

Get more insight in the segment below, and don't miss Dr. Siegel every Sunday at 10:30a ET on Housecall!


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