Salads, wraps at Trader Joe’s, Walgreens recalled due to possible parasite contamination

Health alert issued for beef, poultry, and pork products over Cyclospora concern

Dozens Of Salads And Wraps May Contain A Fecal Parasite, USDA Warns

In a public health alert issued Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service cautioned that various beef, pork and chicken salad and wrap products may be contaminated with the parasite Cyclospora.

The potentially affected salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreen's were produced between July 15-18, with a "best by", "enjoy by", "best if sold by" or "sell by" date ranging from July 18-23, according to the FSIS.

Even though the products are past their "best by" dates, the USDA is concerned that they may still be in people's refrigerators. "39985 or P-39985".

After an FDA analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora in an expired salad mix containing romaine lettuce, Fresh Express began informing companies that received products of concern about the results.

Federal health officials are warning consumers not to buy more than two dozen salads and wraps that are distributed to Kroger, Walgreens and Trader Joe's stores.

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. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue.

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The parasite, known as cyclospora cayetanenis, is spread by food or water that's contaminated with feces.

The infection is caused by Cyclospora cayetanesis, an intestinal parasite, according to the FSIS.

The alert said the incubation period ranges from two to 14 days and that illnesses "might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported".

See a full list of the items under recall here.

In a recorded message, Salinas, Calif. -based Fresh Express said the recall does not affect its retail salad products. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

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