Del Monte vegetable trays linked to hundreds of illnesses

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

Those who have consumed the produce from these packages, containing cut and washed carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, have become infected with Cyclospora, a parasite that attacks digestive tracts and causes cyclosporiasis.

The CDC first reported the outbreak in mid-June with the cases in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and MI. So far, 212 cases of the infection have been confirmed in multiple states.

The veggie packs have a "best if enjoyed by" date of June 17, 2018, or earlier, according to a June 15 release by the Food and Drug Administration. Cyclospora infects the bowel and usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.

Del Monte has now recalled three sizes of their vegetable trays that were sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Health officials say it can take up to a week to develop symptoms, which can include diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, cramping, bloating, increased gas, fatigue and low-grade fever. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another.

The trays were sold at Kwik Trip, FoodMax, Country Market, Meehan's, Potash, Demond and Kwik Star.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation. "FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing", according to the FDA's update this week.

Although the illness can be treated with antibiotics, symptoms can last from a few days to a few months. The agency recommends throwing out all recalled products. However, anyone who purchased these trays before the recall should immediately throw them away and clean and disinfect anything they came into contact with.

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