Theo Thimou, Clark.com
A broad range of salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Walgreens, among other places, have been recalled because of the possible presence of a parasite called cyclospora.
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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), this recall centers on beef, pork and poultry salad and wraps sold under a variety of private label and brand names.
The common link is that all the products contain lettuce believed to be contaminated with cyclospora, which can cause severe intestinal distress if consumed.
Fortunately, all 25 product varieties involved in this recall are now out of date, so hopefully no one will eat them. The products in question were all produced from July 15 to 18 with expiration dates ranging from July 18 through July 23.
Below are a few of the labels you’ll find on products involved in this recall. You can see the complete list here as a pdf file.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first case of cyclospora causing a recall in recent days. Just two weeks ago, McDonald’s pulled salads out of 3,000 restaurants after 100 cases of a parasitic outbreak linked to consuming their salads.
Before that, more than 200 people were sickened from Del Monte vegetable trays also contaminated with the cyclospora parasite.
Eating a product tainted with this parasite can cause frequent watery diarrhea; loss of appetite and weight; cramping, bloating and/or increased gas; nausea; fatigue and low-grade fever.