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Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Illnesses, CDC Says

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Illnesses, CDC Says
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By    |   Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:33 AM

Del Monte fresh vegetable trays believed to contain intestinal parasites have been linked to over 200 illnesses across four states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The CDC said there have been 212 confirmed cases of Cyclosporiasis, which is believed to have been contracted by people consuming pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores in the Midwest.

At least seven people have been hospitalized and, while no deaths have been reported, there may be more illnesses that have not yet been recorded.

The outbreak, which was first tracked in mid-June, is most severe in Wisconsin and then Minnesota, where around 54 cases have been reported, with several other cases noted in Iowa and Michigan, Fortune magazine reported.

Last month Del Monte issued a recall of vegetable trays stamped with a sell-by date of June 17; however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said consumers who purchased trays before the withdrawal may still have contaminated products in their homes.

In the past few weeks the number of infections has risen and could still climb as there is a delay from when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, the CDC said.

Cyclosporiasis occurs when people eat and drink food and water contaminated with the intestinal parasite, which causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms, according to the FDA.

If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer.

In 2015, the FDA placed a ban on imported fresh cilantro from Mexico following outbreaks of Cyclosporiasis in the U.S.

Eleven farms and packing houses in the state of Puebla had been inspected from 2012 to 2015 by U.S. and Mexican investigators and nearly half of them had been directly connected with the parasite.

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Del Monte fresh vegetable trays believed to contain intestinal parasites have been linked to over 200 illnesses across four states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
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