More than 200 sickened in Del Monte vegetable outbreak

Ebony Scott
July 10, 2018

More than 200 people in several Midwest states have been sickened by a parasite in food from plastic vegetable trays sold under the Del Monte brand.

Anyone who ate anything from any of the recalled vegetable and dip trays and developed symptoms of Cyclospora infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors abut the potential exposure to the parasite.

Over the weekend, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control announced and began investigating the reported outbreak, caused by pre-packaged raw vegetables and dill-flavored dip.

The vegetable trays were recalled in June, but on Thursday the CDC confirmed 212 cases have cropped up so far.

The trays were sold at Kwik Trip, FoodMax, Country Market, Meehan's, Potash, Demond and Kwik Star. "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". But the number of infections has grown since then, and the CDC is warning that more cases could still be reported, because the cyclosporiasis infection has a delayed onset for symptoms of roughly one week and can last for weeks. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

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Symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, fever and more. Because of the expiration date, these likely no longer are in consumers' possession, but in case you still have them, you're encouraged to throw them away.

A recall was also issued in mid-June for the Del Monte trays, which included baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and dill dip, and were labeled for sale by Jun 17.

The FDA has not identified which of the ingredients it believes to be the cause of this outbreak, and each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration.

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