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Trader Joe’s and Other Chains Involved in Massive Food Recall

Trader Joe’s and Other Chains Involved in Massive Food Recall

Some salad and wrap products from several large retailers, including Trader Joe's and Walgreens, have been recalled due to concerns of Cyclospora contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

The USDA says Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled.

The salads and wraps were produced between July 15 and 18 and the "Best by", "Enjoy by", "Best if sold by" or "Sell by" dates will range between July 18 and July 23.

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.

Del Monte Fresh Produce in June issued a voluntary recall of vegetable trays sold in six Midwest states, including IL, due to potential cyclospora contamination.

Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

Caito Foods LLC was the subject of a Food Safety and Inspection Service alert issued Monday that warns consumers of potential Cyclospora contamination.

News of the recall comes a few months after McDonald's was linked to a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue. A full list of the affected products is available here, and the product labels are available here. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. "For Cyclospora infections, this could take up to six weeks". They have the establishment number "EST".

At least 286 people were sickened and 11 were hospitalized as a result of the May outbreak.

The outer limit of the incubation period for this batch of food is August 6, the USDA said, and it could be up to six weeks before officials begin to receive reports of illness.

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