People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2018

Seven of the 212 people who got ill from the vegetable tray have been hospitalized since May. 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. The recalled products were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but so far only consumers in four states - Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin - have reported coming down with the cyclosporiasis infection.

FDA, CDC, state, and local partners are now investigating several Cyclospora illnesses associated with recalled Del Monte 6oz and 12oz vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip that were sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in IA, IN, MI, MN, and WI. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products.

Del Monte has recalled 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip with a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018.

As of this week, 212 people have contracted cyclosporiasis after reportedly consuming Del Monte vegetable trays, the Centers for Disease Control announced. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray) 7 1752472518 9 (12 oz.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation.

Cyclospora cayetanensis, the CDC noted, is a "single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis". Specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection, which has symptoms that can be confused with other illnesses. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms.

Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.

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