Alert issued for salads, wraps due to parasite concern

Lloyd Doyle
August 1, 2018

More than two dozen types of salads and wraps sold nationwide at Trader Joe's and Walgreens may contain parasites, officials warn. Cyclospora can have an incubation period of up to two weeks, so illnesses could surface up until August 6, according to Food Safety and Inspection Service. A full list of products, labels, code numbers and identifying information can be found at fsis.usda.gov.

Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

The salads and wraps were produced between July 15 and 18 and the "Best by", "Enjoy by", "Best if sold by" or "Sell by" dates will range between July 18 and July 23. It can also cause loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue, the CDC added.

The company said they received word that the romaine lettuce used in those products was being recalled due to the possibility of Cyclospora contamination.


The salads and wraps were sold at popular stores such as Trader Joe's, Walgreen's, and Kroger.

The incubation period for Cyclospora ranges from two to 14 days, which would include the dates of July 25 through August 6.

If you are anxious you have consumed a recalled item, contact a medical professional. Caito learned of the problem when its supplier, Fresh Express, notified it of a recall involving some of the lettuce in products packaged under a variety of brand names. As of Thursday, 286 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from the fast-food chain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FSIS is urging consumers to throw away and avoid eating any of the potentially affected salads and wraps, which it is working with Caito to remove from store shelves.

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