https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/2018/a-062018/index.html

Multistate Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis Linked to Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays

CDC and federal, state, and local public health partners are investigating an increase in reported cases of Cyclospora infection.

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/  Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis.  People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite.

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/disease.html  Symptoms of cyclosporiasis begin an average of 7 days (range, 2 days to ≥2 weeks) after ingestion of sporulated oocysts (the infective form of the parasite).

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis may include the following:

  • Watery diarrhea (most common)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Increased gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Other symptoms that may occur but are less common include the following:
  • VomitingLow-grade fever

LAST UPDATED JULY 19, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

On June 15, 2018, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip. Recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

Recalled products were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.

Recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018.
The recalled 6 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472715 2 found on the package label.

  • The recalled 12 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9 found on the package label.
  • The recalled 28 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce small vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752478604 3 found on the package label.

Do not eat or sell recalled vegetable trays. Throw them away.
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections.

As of July 19, 2018 (1pm EDT), CDC has been notified of 237 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who reportedly consumed pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. The reports have come from four states.

Seven (7) of these people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip are the likely source of these infections.

The investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.