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Parasite Could Be in Salads and Wraps, USDA Warns

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July 31, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a warning about a possible cyclospora contamination in popular salad and wrap products.

The beef, pork, and poultry products are produced by Caito Foods LLC and sold at popular retail stores, including Kroger, Walgreens, and Trader Joe’s. The USDA has identified 25 affected items.

Cyclosporiasis is an infection you can get by eating or drinking cyclospora parasites. The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about 1 week. The infection usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Outbreaks are commonly linked to various types of fresh produce. Other common symptoms are loss of appetite, abdominal cramping, and nausea. Antibiotics are needed to treat the infection. People who have diarrhea should also rest and drink plenty of fluids.

The current warning is linked to chopped romaine lettuce. Caito Foods’ lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, notified the company that the produce was being recalled.

There have been no reported illnesses.

The following items and best-by dates are included in the USDA warning:

  • Roast Beef Wrap (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
  • Santa Fe Chicken Salad (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 22, 2018
  • Chef Salad with Ham & Turkey (Caito Food Distribution): July 22, 2018
  • Roast Beef Wrap (Caito Food Distribution): July 19, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Cobb Salad (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Small Garden Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Small Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 22, 2018
  • Small Chef Salad (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Large Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 22, 2018
  • Chef Salad (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Cobb Salad with Chicken (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
  • Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey Cobb Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
  • Boar’s Head EverRoast Chicken Caesar Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
  • Chef Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Santa Fe Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Asian Style Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
  • Chef Salad with Ham & Turkey (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018

If you have these products, throw them away. If you have recently eaten one of them, contact a doctor. You may not have gotten ill yet due to the parasite’s incubation period.

WebMD Article Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on July 31, 2018
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