FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

Leslie Hanson
July 9, 2018

But the number of infections has grown since then, and the CDC is warning that more cases could still be reported, because the cyclosporiasis infection has a delayed onset for symptoms of roughly one week and can last for weeks. In the initial outbreak announcement on June 15, there were 78 people with confirmed parasitic infections. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. The most recent victim became sick on June 13.

The FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of an intestinal infection that has resulted in "frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements" and has been linked to consumption of produce contained within Del Monte vegetables trays. Similarly, the CDC's update did not reference a specific item from the trays, but it does appear to have strengthened its language regarding the outbreak.

Hundreds of consumers who purchased Del Monte Fresh Produce pre-packaged vegetable trays have been infected by a microscopic parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanensis. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays.

There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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.

In a statement, the CDC said seven people had been hospitalized after eating the vegetables, which were sold in 6-, 12- and 28-ounce packages.

The 28-oz versions of the vegetable trays that were distributed to IL and IN were also recalled, on June 15. All sizes had best-by dates of June 17 or earlier, so officials say there is little chance anyone still has any of the products. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away. Officials said two, in MI, came from vegetables bought in Wisconsin.

There is an ongoing investigation into the matter, the agency said. Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness, can lead to diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

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