FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

  • FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

An update from the Food and Drug Administration on July 5 reported the agency has not yet determined which item (s) on the Del Monte vegetable and dip trays is the source of the Cyclospora parasites. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI.

'Most people infected with cyclosporiasis develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, ' the FDA said. 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.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states. If not treated, these symptoms may last up to a month or longer.

When this parasite contaminates food or water and is then ingested, it can cause the intestinal illness. However, illnesses that began after May 24 might not have been reported yet because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, according to the CDC.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. The company is also recalling these veggie trays in the state of Wisconsin, as well as 28 oz. veggie trays which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip, which were distributed to IL and Indiana.

The 28-ounce "small veggie trays" were recalled June 15.

The CDC is recalling a Del Monte vegetable tray sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star locations after there have been 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and MI. "Most people reported buying the trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores".

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