Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Parasite risk in salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Walgreens, Trader Joe's

Parasite risk in salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Walgreens, Trader Joe's

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a recall of salad and wrap products made by Indianapolis food company Caito Foods.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water.

The potentially affected salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreen's were produced between July 15-18, with a "best by", "enjoy by", "best if sold by" or "sell by" date ranging from July 18-23, according to the FSIS. A Walgreens spokesperson told TIME that affected products were available only at a "limited number" of stores in IL, and were immediately pulled from store shelves upon learning of the recall.

The alert follows Caito Food's lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, issuing a recall of its chopped romaine which is used in Caito Food's products, the FSIS said. The products were sold by grocery stores including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens. 39985 or P-39985.' The USDA has posted a complete list online. Instead return them to the store of purchase.

The summer has been rife with recalls and reported cyclospora infections, especially in IL.

Consumers may have already ingested the parasite, and it may be incubating without producing symptoms, the USDA said.

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The symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea, weight loss, and fatigue.

It is the same parasite responsible for a nationwide outbreak linked to McDonald's salads last month, causing at least 286 confirmed illnesses in 11 states, the CDC said.

The distributor is working with the FSIS to remove the products from stores, according to the alert. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products.

No illnesses have been reported.

However, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.

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