Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2018

A majority of the consumers who contracted the illness reported purchasing the Del Monte vegetable trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC says, but the trays were also sold at Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod. However, illnesses that began after May 24 might not have been reported yet because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, according to the CDC.

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.

There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms.

The sick have been infected with the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite, which causes cyclosporiasis. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

On June 8, Del Monte recalled 6-ounce and 12-ounce vegetable trays from retail locations.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another. The recalled products, which affected people in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as of Thursday, have a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA.

The outbreak was first tracked by the CDC in mid-June, and is most severe in Wisconsin.

The affected products are not believed to be for sale in any of these stores at this time, but may have been purchased by consumers prior to their recall.

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