Health alert issued for Caito Foods products due to Cyclospora concerns

Alicia Cross
August 2, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is warning against buying more than two dozen types of salads and wraps at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens due to possible parasite contamination. Indianapolis-based distributor Caito Foods LLC reported that officials with Fresh Express had issued a recall notice for chopped romaine that was used in the wraps and salads.

The warning, which was issued on Monday, said items containing beef, pork, and poultry salads and wraps that were produced between July 15 to July 18 with either the "best by", "enjoy by", "best if sold by" or "sell by" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23 should be avoided.

Trader Joe's, the Monrovia, Calif. -based grocery chain, posted the health warning on its website for three products - tarragon chicken salad wrap, Caesar salad with chicken, and Chinese inspired salad with chicken - which were sold only in IL and 10 other Midwestern states.

Here's the list of recalled products. Consumers are urged to throw them away.

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Even though the products are past their "best by" dates, the USDA is concerned that they may still be in people's refrigerators.

Transmitted in foods tainted by fecal matter, cyclospora can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue, body aches and fever a week or more after someone consumes food or liquid contaminated with the parasite. No illnesses have been reported from consumers, but cyclospora infections can take up to six weeks to present. The infection can cause Cyclosporiasis.

"Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse)".

At least 286 people were sickened and 11 were hospitalized as a result of the May outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the McDonald's outbreak was tied to Fresh Express salad mix, which was distributed to McDonald's.

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