Health officials say a parasite discovered in Del Monte vegetable trays has caused more than 200 consumers in multiple Midwest states to become ill.
As of last week, there had been 212 cases of a parasitic intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. Seven people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The vegetable trays that have been identified as the source of the outbreak were sold in 6-, 12-, and 28-ounce plastic packages and have been recalled. They 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. A majority of the consumers who became ill said they purchased the Del Monte vegetable trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC said.
Recalled UPC codes
So far, the outbreak has affected consumers in four states: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. However, the trays were also sold in Illinois and Indiana in addition to the four states where illnesses were reported. Consumers who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old.
Symptoms of the cyclosporiasis include diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, according to the CDC. Other symptoms can include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.
The UPC codes of the products that have been recalled are:
Recalled 6 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray UPC code: 7 1752472715 2
Recalled 12 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray UPC code: 7 1752472518 9
Recalled 28 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce small vegetable tray UPC code: 7 1752478604 3