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?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported there have been 78 laboratory-confirmed cases linked to the vegetable trays thus far. Del Monte recalled its 6 oz and 12 oz vegetable trays which had been sold with a dill dip, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.
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.
Initially, on June 8, Del Monte withdrew the veggie trays from retail market locations and should no longer be available for purchase. However, those products may still be in the refrigerators of consumers who are 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.
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.
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. (www.fda.gov/fcic)
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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