At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

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It added: "Most ill people reported buying pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip in the Midwest". The condition has been linked to "6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip", which were recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce on June 15.

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording.

As of July 5, 2018, CDC has reported 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons from IA, MN, WI and MI who reportedly consumed the vegetable trays. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as IL and Indiana.


The trays being recalled have a "best if used by" date of June 17. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away.

A majority of the consumers who contracted the illness reported purchasing the Del Monte vegetable trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC says, but the trays were also sold at Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.

FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration.


It is imperative that potential victims tell their doctors they may have been exposed to the parasite, as specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection.

The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about 1 week.

Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.


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