More than 200 people have now been infected by an outbreak of parasites linked to recalled vegetable trays from Del Monte.
As of Thursday, July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 212 cases of laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in four states from the 6- and 12-ounce products, including cases in MI. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as IL and Indiana. 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 pre-packaged vegetables were sold in "clear, plastic clamshell containers" and were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax, and Peapod.
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12-ounce Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9 found on the package label.
The reports of infection seem to primarily be from the upper Midwestern region, including Minnesota, Iowa, and MI.
Still, products distributed to each of the four states, as well as IL and IN, have been recalled. So far, the age range for those sickened is 13 to 79 years old.
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Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.
'Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.
The recall on vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip and other location on June 15 has impacted consumers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer.
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What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis? The FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, as well, in its ongoing investigation. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away.