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

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"If Del Monte believes that my clients should've washed these pre-packaged vegetables they bought at Kwik Trip, I think the customers should know that".

The recalled products were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.

More than 200 people in four states have been infected with an intestinal parasite after eating prepackaged vegetable trays sold by Del Monte Foods, federal authorities said. However, the trays were also sold in IL and in in addition to the four states where illnesses were reported.

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

The vegetable trays were recalled in June, but on Thursday the CDC confirmed 212 cases have cropped up so far. Symptoms of cyclospora are diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to the CDC. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA. Consumers who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

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'Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.

The recall affected Del Monte six and 12-ounce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip that were distributed to Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. If not treated, these symptoms may last up to a month or longer.

FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled items should not consume them and throw them away immediately.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

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