Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

12-ounce Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9 found on the package label.

Cyclosporiasis is an infection in the intestines caused by the cyclospora parasite.

The trays were sold at Kwik Trip, FoodMax, Country Market, Meehan's, Potash, Demond and Kwik Star.

As it turns out, Lund is one of the reported 56 people in the state who fell sick with a Cyclospora infection, an intestinal parasite he got after eating Fresh Del Monte Produce vegetable trays he picked up at a nearby Kwik Trip.

The 212 cases have been reported in four states in the Midwest.

The states with reported victims are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and MI, according to the CDC, with seven people hospitalized so far. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays.

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The earliest reported symptoms in this outbreak began on May 14 and those who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

These symptoms may not necessarily persist the entire time a person remains infected with cyclosporiasis, and may seem to go away and then return one or more times, as a patient may relapse.

Health officials say it can take up to a week to develop symptoms, which can include diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, cramping, bloating, increased gas, fatigue and low-grade fever.

On June 8, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled 6-oz. and 12-oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip that were sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer. "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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