FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

Desiree Burns
July 9, 2018

Seven people were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. 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.

The CDC said on Thursday that the outbreak is linked to Del Monte 6-, 12-, and 28-ounce plastic clamshell vegetable trays.

The CDC's investigation into the contaminated trays is ongoing.

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. On June 15 Del Monte recalled 28-ounce trays. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old. They were recalled June 8. The agency recommends throwing out all recalled products.

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The sick have been infected with the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite, which causes cyclosporiasis.

The CDC is recalling a Del Monte vegetable tray sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star locations after there have been 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and MI. "FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing", according to the FDA's update this week. Specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection, which has symptoms that can be confused with other illnesses.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis? According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of cyclosporiasis include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also happen.

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