Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

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

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

Hundreds of consumers who purchased Del Monte Fresh Produce pre-packaged vegetable trays have been infected by a microscopic parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanensis.

The sick people are spread across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

People who got illness range from ages 13 to 79 years old.

Still, products distributed to each of the four states, as well as IL and IN, have been recalled. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI.

The FDA is now investigating the outbreak of cyclosporiasis, related to the Del Monte products. Symptoms include frequent diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain or cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also happen.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis? Without treatment, the infection can last from as little as a few days to more than a month.

Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another.

Del Monte, a Florida-based company, issued then a voluntary recall for all 6-oz. and 12-oz. trays containing carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and dill dip.

Health officials have reported 212 cases linked with recalled Del Monte 6 oz. and 12 oz. vegetable trays in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and MI. A recall was issued on 15 June 2018 for trays with a "Best if used by" date of 17 June which 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 MI.

'Most people reported buying the trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, ' the CDC said.

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