Parasite warning for salads, wraps at Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens

Andrew Cummings
August 2, 2018

In a public health alert issued Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service cautioned that various beef, pork and chicken salad and wrap products may be contaminated with the parasite Cyclospora.

The recalled products were produced between July 15 to 18, 2018, with either "Best By", "Enjoy by", "Best if Sold By", or "Sell by" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018.

The salads and wraps were sold at popular stores such as Trader Joe's, Walgreen's, and Kroger.

Double check your salad and wrap products, health officials say there are concerns about possible parasite contamination.

Anyone with the affected products should them away or return them for a full refund.

The Cyclospora parasite causes cyclosporiasis, characterized by vomiting and "explosive" diarrhea a week or even more than a month after eating the offending food.

"There's no confirmation that any of the products were contaminated", Trader Joe's spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said Wednesday, adding the warning was issued "just to be safe". The fast food giant's salads are also supplied by Fresh Express. It can also cause loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue, the CDC added.

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Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

The Caito Foods salad products affected by the current recall are listed here. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics.

"Illnesses might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported".

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