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

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

At least 212 people have been sickened in four states due to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to Del Monte vegetable trays, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They contain fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip, officials said.

The sick people are spread across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA.

According to the CDC, symptoms of cyclospora include diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also occur.

Del Monte has recalled a number of vegetable trays in the last month, including the 6-, 12- and 28-ounce trays.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis, a single-celled protozoa most commonly transmitted on produce contaminated with human fecal matter, particularly from tropical or subtropical regions where the parasite is native.

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

The 28-oz versions of the vegetable trays that were distributed to IL and IN were also recalled, on June 15. The trays were purchased at various retailers including Kwik Trip or Kwik Star convenience stores.

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

FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. "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.

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