CDC recalls Del Monte vegetable trays

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The states with reported victims are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and MI, according to the CDC, with seven people hospitalized so far.

The 212 cases occurred in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and technically also MI, but the instances of illness in MI were reported as related to people who bought products in Wisconsin. However, the trays were also sold in IL and in in addition to the four states where illnesses were reported. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays.

The FDA is now investigating the outbreak of cyclosporiasis, related to the Del Monte products.

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, which typically show up a week after people ingest food containing the parasite. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

The first person known to be infected became sick on May 14. If not treated, these symptoms may last up to a month or longer.

Cyclospora cayetanensis, the CDC noted, is a "single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis". The parasite can take days or weeks to pass through humans, so consumers may only recently be experiencing the illness.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'.

They were recalled on June 15, 2018, for trays with a "Best if used by" date of June 17. The infected vegetable trays were packaged in "clear, plastic clamshell containers".

The recalled products were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available. The agency recommends throwing out all recalled products.