Salmonella Update 2019
Update May 22, 2019 – Last year they were linked to Cyclospora. Now, Del Monte vegetable trays are linked to Salmonella food poisoning.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says three people in Wisconsin, and one person in Minnesota, have gotten sick after eating a Del Monte vegetable tray containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and a dill dip.
The patients reported getting sick between April 13th and April 27th.
A press release from the department says all patients associated with the outbreak ate a Del Monte vegetable tray purchased from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip, before getting sick.
Although Kwik Trip has removed all of the veggie trays from their shelves, authorities are warning that the vegetable trays could have been sold to other retailers throughout the state(s).
More reports may begin to flow in as there may be a delay in reporting after the illness has subsided.
Del Monte is one of the country’s leading producer and distributor of prepared fruits and vegetables. Nearly everyone is probably familiar with the red, white and yellow logo which sells products in convenience stores and supermarkets.
Overview – Original Article from 2018
A multistate outbreak of Cyclospora illness has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate recalled Del Monte vegetable trays.
Why have the Del Monte Vegetable Trays been recalled?
As of Sept. 6, 2018, there have been 250 laboratory-confirmed cases linked to the vegetable trays, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration. Del Monte initially recalled its 6 oz and 12 oz vegetable trays which came with a dill dip, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots on June 8, 2018. One week later, Del Monte expanded the recall to its 28 oz vegetable trays.
Various stores in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have already taken the product off their shelves. Del Monte issued a recall for its “small veggie trays” sold in Illinois and Indiana, which included celery as well.
What is Cyclospora Food Poisoning?
Cyclospora is a human parasite that causes an intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis. Some of the symptoms can reoccur and continue for months after it has passed. It is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed from one human to another. As is typical for illnesses, children and elderly folks are more likely to experience the brunt end of the side effects.
The most common symptoms and side effects of cyclosporiasis are:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased gas
- Weight loss
Both vomiting and a low-grade fever are possible side effects, though they are less common. To read more, head to the CDC webpage here.
On the June 8th recall, Del Monte initially withdrew the veggie trays from retail market locations and they were no longer be available for purchase. However, those products may still have been in the refrigerators of consumers who were unaware of the recall, as the expiration date just barely passed on June 17.
Stores that carried the affected veggie trays were:
- Kwik Trip
- Kwik Star
- Country Market
- FoodMax Supermarket
Consumers or retailers who suspect they have one of the recalled veggie trays should immediately discard the product to avoid the potential for infection.
If you have any concerns about contracting cyclosporiasis, you are encouraged to contact the FDA to issue a report. Reporting adverse side effects from consuming foods and beverages is imperative for the agency to localize and prevent an outbreak from localizing elsewhere.
Do I Have a Del Monte Vegetable Tray Recall Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has been sickened by the Del Monte vegetable tray recall, you should contact our food poisoning and outbreak lawyers as soon as possible. Compensation may be available to you by filing a food poisoning lawsuit against the manufacturers of the recalled product.
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