Alert issued for salads, wraps due to parasite concern


"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period", the announcement said.

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According to Trader Joe's, the company was alerted by a supplier that romaine lettuce found in the meals has the potential to be contaminated with cyclospora.

The products were sold by grocery stores including Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger. The USDA has posted a complete list online.

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

The infection is caused by Cyclospora cayetanesis, an intestinal parasite, according to the FSIS.

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Consumers may have already ingested the parasite, and it may be incubating without producing symptoms, the USDA said.

Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health. Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce.

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

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

The outer limit of the incubation period for this batch of food is August 6, the USDA said, and it could be up to six weeks before officials begin to receive reports of illness. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics. It is not typically life-threatening, but symptoms can last a month or more.