FDA: Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables Causing ‘Explosive’ Diarrhea

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

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. They contain fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip, officials said.

Seven people have hospitalized due to the outbreak, however there have been no deaths linked to the contaminated Del Monte products.

As of July 5, 2018, CDC has reported 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons from IA, MN, WI and MI who reportedly consumed the vegetable trays. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray) 7 1752472518 9 (12 oz. Symptoms of cyclospora are diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to the CDC. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also happen.

If left untreated, the illness may last anywhere from a few days to a month, or longer.

Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite.

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'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis?

Health officials have reported 212 cases linked with recalled Del Monte 6 oz. and 12 oz. vegetable trays in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and MI.

The recall on vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip and other location on June 15 has impacted consumers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing", according to the FDA's update this week. However, anyone who purchased these trays before the recall should immediately throw them away and clean and disinfect anything they came into contact with.

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