Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens hit by health alert issued over parasite risk

Daniel Fowler
August 2, 2018

Indianapolis-based distributor Caito Foods LLC reported that officials with Fresh Express had issued a recall notice for chopped romaine that was used in the wraps and salads.

"The beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap items were produced between July 15 to 18, 2018, with the either "Best By", "Enjoy by", Best if Sold By" or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018.

The salads and wraps were sold at popular stores such as Trader Joe's, Walgreen's, and Kroger.

The FDA is advising these products to be thrown away or returned to where they were purchased out of precaution.

The incubation period for the cyclospora parasite is about a week, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The infection is caused by Cyclospora cayetanesis, an intestinal parasite, according to the FSIS. Symptoms may include diarrhea, frequent bowel movements, stomach cramps and nausea. The lettuce was supplied by Fresh Express.

Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

At Deerfield-based Walgreens, the recalled products were sold "in a limited number of our stores in IL only", spokeswoman Allison Mack said in an email Wednesday.

You can see a full list of products here and images of the labels here. "For Cyclospora infections this could take up to six weeks", the agency said.

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