Wraps, Salads Sold At Trader Joe's, Kroger, Walgreens Possibly Contaminated with Cyclospora

Roman Schwartz
August 2, 2018

The USDA issued a public health alert Monday, warning about more than two dozen items available in major grocery chains.

All of the items identified in the new USDA report contained beef, pork and/or chicken - but it is the lettuce that officials are anxious about.

The Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite can cause illness that is not life-threatening, with symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

The beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products were distributed by Caito Foods LLC. A Walgreens spokesperson told TIME that affected products were available only at a "limited number" of stores in IL, and were immediately pulled from store shelves upon learning of the recall. "39985 or P-39985" inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection.

Consumers are urged to throw the salads and wraps out or return them to the place of purchase.

The parasite, known as cyclospora cayetanenis, is spread by food or water that's contaminated with feces.

The parasite is usually found in developing countries but there have been several outbreaks in the United States in the past few years.

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The summer has been rife with recalls and reported cyclospora infections, especially in IL.

In a recorded message, Salinas, Calif. -based Fresh Express said the recall does not affect its retail salad products.

You can see a full list of products here and images of the labels here.

"Illnesses might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported", the alert reads.

However, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.

Caito Foods recently drew unwanted attention in a multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to recalled pre-cut melon that sickened 77 people in nine states.

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