Salads and wraps from Trader Joe's, Kroger possibly contaminated with Cyclospora

This time, the unfortunate honor has fallen on Walgreens, Kroger, and Trader Joe's, which have been forced to recall salads and wraps possibly contaminated with the cyclospora parasite.

Double check your salad and wrap products, health officials say there are concerns about possible parasite contamination.

The United States Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers of the potential contamination of beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products sold nationwide to stores including Trader Joe's, Kroger and Walgreen's.

The salad and wrap recall comes as a direct result of an outbreak of Cyclospora infection that began in May and was linked to McDonald's salads also supplied by Fresh Express, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The products were produced between July 12 and July 18, and contain a "best by" date ranging from July 18 to July 23.


Caito Foods did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment. The products will also include the establishment number "EST".

The romaine lettuce used in some of the products in this new warning came from Fresh Express, which was linked to the McDonald's outbreak.

Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health. It can cause intestinal distress that can last anywhere from a few days to a month or longer if not treated with antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. "For Cyclospora infections this could take up to six weeks". "Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce".


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