Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

Two hundred twelve people have been infected with an intestinal parasite in four upper Midwest states after reportedly eating pre-packed vegetable trays under the Del Monte Fresh Produce brand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'Consumers who believe that they are in possession of any of the above products affected by this recall should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container, ' the FDA said. They were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a prior update.

A recall was also issued in mid-June for the Del Monte trays, which included baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and dill dip, and were labeled for sale by Jun 17. Seven of these people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The cases were reported in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and IL.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

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'Most people infected with cyclosporiasis develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, ' the FDA said. The parasite can take days or weeks to pass through humans, so consumers may only recently be experiencing the illness. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

Anyone who ate anything from any of the recalled vegetable and dip trays and developed symptoms of Cyclospora infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors abut the potential exposure to the parasite. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another. Without treatment, the infection can last from as little as a few days to more than a month.

The 28-ounce "small veggie trays" were recalled June 15. Officials said two, in MI, came from vegetables bought in Wisconsin. The FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, as well, in its ongoing investigation.

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