Health alert issued for salads, wraps due to parasite concern

A Trader Joe’s product affected by the recall

A public health alert was issued Monday, with the agency saying certain beef, pork and poultry salad and wraps might have cyclospora contamination.

The USDA said it was 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".

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 United States Department of Agriculture advised that romaine lettuce in the products might be contaminated with cyclospora, an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite. Some chopped romaine used by Caito Foods and supplied by Fresh Express has been recalled over feared Cyclospora contamination, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service statement. The products were sold by grocery stores including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens. The USDA has posted a complete list online.

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.




People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite.

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

In a recorded message, Salinas, Calif. -based Fresh Express said the recall does not affect its retail salad products. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

It is the same parasite responsible for a nationwide outbreak linked to McDonald's salads last month, causing at least 286 confirmed illnesses in 11 states, the CDC said.

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