USDA issues alert about multiple salads, wraps due to parasite worry


Salads and wraps sold at major grocery chains may have been contaminated by an infectious parasite, according to a public health alert.

News of the recall comes a few months after McDonald's was linked to a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May.

The potentially affected salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreen's were produced between July 15-18, with a "best by", "enjoy by", "best if sold by" or "sell by" date ranging from July 18-23, according to the FSIS.

According to CNN, the cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water.

The salad and wrap products were distributed by Caito Foods LLC, which received a notice from its lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the products was being recalled. The items in question at those outposts include Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken, and Trader Ming's Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken.

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Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating or increased gas, nausea, fatigue, and low-grade fever. They have the establishment number "EST".

No illnesses have been reported. The USDA has posted a complete list online.

Del Monte Fresh Produce in June issued a voluntary recall of vegetable trays sold in six Midwest states, including IL, due to potential cyclospora contamination.

"Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse)". Overall, more than 160 people in 10 states were sickened and at least three were hospitalized. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics.