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Wraps, Salads Sold at Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walgreens Recalled for Parasite Risk

Wraps, Salads Sold at Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walgreens Recalled for Parasite Risk

If you think you’ve purchased one of these salads or wraps, THROW IT OUT.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Cyclospora contamination and recall alert for salads and wraps produced by Caito Foods LLC—which makes salads and wraps packaged under different brand names, including Garden Highway, Trader Joe's, Good & Delish, and Boar's Head. You can see the full list of potentially contaminated products here.

There are over two dozen contaminated products, including the beef, pork, and poultry salads, as well as various wraps produced between July 15 to July 18, 2018. They have “Best By,” “Enjoy By,” and “Sell By” dates ranging from July 18 to July 23.

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Cyclospora often occurs after bacteria from human feces makes its way into food or water. Caito Foods LLC discovered the problem when they received a notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, saying the lettuce may be tainted.

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This isn’t the first time Caito Foods LLC has been in the spotlight for contaminated foods. The food company was reportedly responsible for a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon that sickened over 70 people.

If you believe you have purchased a salad or wrap that could be contaminated, FSIS urges you not to eat it, and to throw it away or return it to wherever you purchased it. If you have already eaten one of these items, contact your healthcare provider.

Cyclospora can take anywhere from two days to two weeks to incubate, so pay attention to any unusual symptoms such as “watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements,” according to the CDC. Other symptoms include crippling abdominal cramps, severe nausea, and loss of appetite.

Consumers with food safety questions can go to AskKaren.gov or call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).


Salad and wrap products sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens recalled for Cyclospora concerns

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Safety Inspection Service has issued a public health alert for salad and wrap products that were produced by an Indianapolis company because they may be contaminated with Cyclospora.

The recall is for beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products that were distributed by Caito Foods LLC.

The products were produced between July 15 and July 18 and were sold at a number of popular retail locations including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens.

All affected products have a "Best By," "Enjoy By," "Best if Sold By," or "Sell By" date ranging from July 18 through July 23.

Product labels, UPC codes and other information can be found HERE.

The FSIS says they are concerned that the products may still be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period.

Cyclospora is an intestinal illness by a microscopic parasite that is transmitted contaminated food or water, according to the CDC.

It can take up to a week before someone who becomes infected shows any signs or symptoms of the illness, which infects the small intestine and usually causes watery diarrhea with frequent, sometimes explosive bowl movements.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Stomach Cramps/Pain
  • Bloating
  • Increased Gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Flu-Like Symptoms

Below is a list of affected products:

  • Wrap Roast Beef 4/9.5z - Gordon Food Service
  • Salad Chicken Caesar 4/7.5z - Gordon Food Service
  • Salad Santa Fe Chkn 4/8.75z - Gordon Food Service
  • Salad Chicken Caesar 4/7.5z
  • Salad Chef Ham&Trky 4/8.25z
  • Wrap Roast Beef 4/9.5z
  • Salad Cobb 6/12.5z
  • Salad Sm Grdn w/Chckn 6/11.7z
  • Salad Sm Caesar w/Chckn 6/10z
  • Salad Small Chef 6/9.2z
  • Salad Lrg Caesar w/Chckn 4/16z
  • Salad Chef 1/12z - Kroger
  • Salad Caesar Chicken 1/10.5z – Kroger
  • Salad Chicken Cobb 1/13z – Kroger
  • Wrap Chicken Caesar 1/12.3z – Kroger
  • Salad Trky Ovngld Cobb 1/12.25z – Kroger
  • Salad EvrRst Chckn Caes 1/11z – Kroger
  • Salad Chef Salad 1/14z – Kroger
  • Salad Czar & Chicken 1/9z TJs – Trader Joe’s
  • Salad Chin Ckn Inspd 1/12z TJs – Trader Joe’s
  • Wrap Chicken Tarragon 10z TJs – Trader Joe’s
  • WG SantaFe Salad & Chkn 1/11.5 – Walgreen’s
  • WG Asian Salad & Chkn 1/10.25z – Walgreen’s
  • WG Chicken Caesar 1/10.25z – Walgreen’s
  • WG Chef & Ham&Trky 1/11.5z – Walgreen’s

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Premade Wraps and Salads Sold at Trader Joe’s, Walgreen’s, and Kroger Contaminated With Parasite

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the USDA, issued an alert this week about parasitic contamination of a selection of 25 premade wraps and salads, sold at popular stores like Kroger, Walgreen’s, and Trader Joe’s.

The items in question are believed to be contaminated with a protozoan parasite called Cyclospora cayatanensis , which causes various gastrointestinal distress, most commonly “watery diarrhea,” which is neither a fun phrase to write nor experience. As with many other contaminants, Cyclospora typically comes from fecal matter and is a result of improper washing of the produce.

Many of these premade products have somewhat obscure origins, at least to the consumer Trader Joe’s, for example, rebrands most of its products with a Trader Joe’s label. But it appears that the source of the trouble is a lettuce supplier called Fresh Express, which sold contaminated romaine lettuce to a producer called Caito Foods. Caito supplies salads and wraps to various stores and those using the affected batch of lettuce went out to multiple markets.

Leafy greens like romaine lettuce are recalled more frequently than most foods romaine, in particular, was involved in one of the highest-profile recalls in recent history, earlier this year . Major contaminant outbreaks are on the rise over the past few years, as well.

There have not yet been a federal recall issued for these products, but the FSIS urges customers who have purchased them to either throw them out or return them to their place of purchase. You can see a full list of the affected products here .


Wraps and salads sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled due to parasite concern

Federal officials are warning consumers to be on guard for signs of intestinal distress if they've eaten any of more than two dozen types of salads and wraps sold by several major retailers around the U.S. In a public health alert issued Monday night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) cited worries that beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products may be infected by a parasite known as cyclospora cayetanenis.

Distributed nationwide by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, the possibly tainted products were sold by retailers including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens. Caito learned of the problem when its supplier, Fresh Express, notified it of a recall involving some of the lettuce in products packaged under a variety of brand names.

All of the 25 product varieties are now out of date, produced from July 15 to 18 with the "Best By," "Enjoy by," Best if Sold By" or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the cyclospora incubation period," which ranges from two to 14 days, the agency stated.

Transmitted in foods tainted by fecal matter, cyclospora can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue, body aches and fever a week or more after someone consumes food or liquid contaminated with the parasite.

Separately, officials are still working to determine a single source as causing a 15-state outbreak of cyclospora parasite infections tied to salads from McDonald's . As of Thursday, 286 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from the fast-food chain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Caito Foods recently drew unwanted attention in a multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to recalled pre-cut melon that sickened 77 people in nine states.


Salads and Wraps From Trader Joe's and Kroger Could Contain a Harmful Parasite

Certain salads and wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens may be at risk of containing a parasite, health officials warned. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service put out a public health alert to consumers about the risk of Cyclospora contamination.

The affected products are beef, pork, and poultry salads and wraps from the distributor Caito Foods, LLC, produced between July 15 and July 18 and with a "Best By," "Sell By,” or "Best If Sold By" dates from July 18 through July 23. The lettuce supplier for Caito Foods had notified the company the chopped romaine lettuce they use was being recalled. Previously, Del Monte veggies and McDonald's salads had been linked to Cyclospora scares.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can become infected by Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. If you get infected, it takes about a week before you end up getting sick, with symptoms like diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, weight loss, and fatigue. Doctors can treat the infection with antibiotics, and patients should rest and drink plenty of fluids.

Officials are issuing the warning in case anyone still has the affected products in their refrigerators, because it can take some time for the parasite to incubate, and because some people wait to report their illnesses. If you have a product including in the warning, you should not eat it and instead throw it away or return it to the store. If you're worried about contamination, contact your doctor.


Salads, wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Kroger, Walgreens may contain intestinal parasites

Salads and wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Kroger and Walgreens may be contaminated with intestinal parasites, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

The beef, pork and poultry salads and wraps were distributed by Caito Foods LLC, of Indianapolis and were shipped to distribution centers nationwide, a release from the department states.

All the affected products were made between July 15 and 18 and may contain Cyclospora, the release states.

To see full a list of the labels for these foods, click here, and a full list of the possibly contaminated products can be found here.

Anyone who purchased these products is asked to throw them away or return them to the store.

Cyclospora Outbreak: Do not eat various beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products. They may be contaminated with Cyclospora, an illness caused by an intestinal parasite. If you have these products, do not consume. More Info: https://t.co/1wY5X9GEyX pic.twitter.com/TvffznJ1He

&mdash USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) August 1, 2018

Caito Foods was notified by their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to make some of their salads and wraps was being recalled, according to the release.

The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it is "concerned that some products may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period."

The incubation period for Cyclospora ranges from two to 14 days.

"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," the release stated. "For Cyclospora infections this could take up to six weeks."

Symptoms of Cyclospora infections include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue, according to the CDC.


Wraps & salads sold at Walgreens, Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled over parasite concern

Federal officials are warning consumers to be on guard for signs of intestinal distress if they've eaten any of more than two dozen types of salads and wraps sold by several major retailers around the U.S. In a public health alert issued Monday night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) cited worries that beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products may be infected by a parasite known as cyclospora cayetanenis.

Distributed nationwide by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, the possibly tainted products were sold by retailers including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens. Caito learned of the problem when its supplier, Fresh Express, notified it of a recall involving some of the lettuce in products packaged under a variety of brand names.

All of the 25 product varieties are now out of date, produced from July 15 to 18 with the "Best By," "Enjoy by," Best if Sold By" or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the cyclospora incubation period," which ranges from two to 14 days, the agency stated.

Transmitted in foods tainted by fecal matter, cyclospora can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue, body aches and fever a week or more after someone consumes food or liquid contaminated with the parasite.

Separately, officials are still working to determine a single source as causing a 15-state outbreak of cyclospora parasite infections tied to salads from McDonald's. As of Thursday, 286 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from the fast-food chain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Caito Foods recently drew unwanted attention in a multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to recalled pre-cut melon that sickened 77 people in nine states.


Salad and wrap products sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens recalled for Cyclospora concerns

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Safety Inspection Service has issued a public health alert for salad and wrap products that were produced by an Indianapolis company because they may be contaminated with Cyclospora.

The recall is for beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products that were distributed by Caito Foods LLC.

The products were produced between July 15 and July 18 and were sold at a number of popular retail locations including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens.

All affected products have a "Best By," "Enjoy By," "Best if Sold By," or "Sell By" date ranging from July 18 through July 23.

Product labels, UPC codes and other information can be found HERE.

The FSIS says they are concerned that the products may still be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period.

Cyclospora is an intestinal illness by a microscopic parasite that is transmitted contaminated food or water, according to the CDC.

It can take up to a week before someone who becomes infected shows any signs or symptoms of the illness, which infects the small intestine and usually causes watery diarrhea with frequent, sometimes explosive bowl movements.


Health alert issued for salads, wraps from Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Kroger due to parasite worry

WASHINGTON -- Consumers have been warned by federal health officials not to purchase over two dozen salad and wrap products available in major grocery chains due to concerns about possible parasite contamination.

On Monday, a public health alert issued by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service advised certain beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products might be contaminated with cyclospora. The products were sold by grocery stores including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite. They can include diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who are infected might also experience loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

The illness can last a few days to a few months, and patients might feel better, but then get worse again. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics.

In its alert, the USDA said the issue was discovered when Indianapolis-based food distributor Caito Foods "received notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled."

The list of products affected by the recall includes those produced between July 15 to 18 with either the "Best by," "Enjoy by," "Best if sold by" or "Sell by" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23.

The USDA said it was concerned that "some product may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the cyclospora incubation period." 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."

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

News of the recall comes after a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May and was linked to McDonald's salads supplied by Fresh Express. The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from that outbreak was at 286 as of July 26, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 11 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.


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