Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

Seven victims have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. Officials say people who have already eaten these products and have had diarrhea lasting more than three days should contact their health care provider.

The CDC said on Thursday that the outbreak is linked to Del Monte 6-, 12-, and 28-ounce plastic clamshell vegetable trays. Symptoms include frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Other symptoms may include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms. The recall affected three different sizes of vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip.

The infected trays were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax and Peapod, the agency said. However, illnesses that began after May 24 might not have been reported yet because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, according to the CDC. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another.

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 FDA has not identified which of the ingredients it believes to be the cause of this outbreak, and each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. Because of the expiration date, these likely no longer are in consumers' possession, but in case you still have them, you're encouraged to throw them away.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

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