At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

Henrietta Brewer
July 10, 2018

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products.

More than 200 people from four states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis after eating pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip, according to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording.

Tony Lund is one of more than 50 Minnesotans who fell victim to the Cyclospora outbreak and said the last five weeks have destroyed his life.

The reports of infection seem to primarily be from the upper Midwestern region, including Minnesota, Iowa, and MI. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old. They have been recalled. Additionally, Del Monte is recalling "small veggie trays", which are 28oz and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip that were distributed to IL and Indiana. The recalled products, which affected people in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as of Thursday, have a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018.

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

Del Monte has now recalled three sizes of their vegetable trays that were sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. The FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, as well, in its ongoing investigation.

The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about 1 week.

Symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, fever and more.

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