Del Monte vegetable trays have been linked to one of two separate outbreaks of cyclospora parasite in the Midwestern U.S., public health officials warn. Combined, the cyclospora outbreaks have sickened at least 400 people in every Midwest state along with Montana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 237 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who ate vegetables from Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip.
Reports of illnesses linked to cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte vegetable trays came from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Of the people sickened after consuming the Del Monte products seven people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Del Monte announced a recall of the vegetable trays on June 15. The recall included 6-ounce, 12-ounce and 28-ounce trays packaged in clear plastic clamshell packaging. The Trays have a “best if used by” date of June 17, 2018 and were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
Health officials do not believe the illnesses tied to the Del Monte vegetable trays is connected to another cyclospora outbreak stemming from McDonald’s salads. That outbreak has sickened at least 163 people in 10 states.
The McDonald’s cyclospora outbreak prompted the fast food chain to pull salads from about 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Ingestion of the cyclospora parasite through contaminated food and water leads to gastro-intestinal illness. Cyclosporiasis symptoms usually begin about a week after exposure and include, most commonly, frequent bouts of explosive diarrhea; loss of appetite and weight; cramping and bloating; nausea; vomiting; fatigue; and low-grade fever. Many people recovering from cyclosporiasis often feel they getting better, only to have the illness return one or more times. If not treated with antibiotics, cyclosporiasis can last a month or longer.
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