Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases

Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases

An outbreak of cyclosporiasis has resulted in 212 people in four states falling ill since May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, with seven of those persons having been hospitalized. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products.

The CDC first reported the outbreak in mid-June with the cases in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and MI. Consumers who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old.

The recalled products have a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays. Additionally, Del Monte is recalling "small veggie trays", which are 28oz and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip that were distributed to IL and Indiana.

Del Monte, a Florida-based company, issued then a voluntary recall for all 6-oz. and 12-oz. trays containing carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and dill dip.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation.

'Consumers who believe that they are in possession of any of the above products affected by this recall should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container, ' the FDA said.

It is imperative that potential victims tell their doctors they may have been exposed to the parasite, as specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection.

The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about 1 week. People infected may also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also happen.