FDA: Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables Causing ‘Explosive’ Diarrhea

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

Health officials have reported 212 cases linked with recalled Del Monte 6 oz. and 12 oz. vegetable trays in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and MI.

Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite.

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.

In its June 15, 28 and 28 outbreak statements the CDC reported the victims were "people who reportedly consumed" pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. So far, 212 cases of the infection have been confirmed in multiple states.

The states with reported victims are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and MI, according to the CDC, with seven people hospitalized so far. Those who were sickened bought the vegetables in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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The trays being recalled have a "best if used by" date of June 17.

Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Consumers who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

The broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip trays were also sold in Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin before they were pulled from both Kwik Trip and Kwik Star shelves.

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

The CDC urges consumers to not eat the recalled vegetable trays, and instead, they should throw them away. FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing. People infected may also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue.

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