Over 200 people in several states across the Midwest have become ill due to a parasite contaminating plastic Del Monte brand vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip. Seven people have been hospitalized so far. The people who have become sick have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, which is an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite.
Individuals who have been affected by the contaminated food include people ranging from 13 to 79 years old. Older adults with health conditions should be particularly cautious of any foodborne illnesses.
According to the CDC, the plastic clamshell trays were sold by Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The packages may be 6, 12, or 28 ounces. They have a “best if enjoyed by” date of June 17, 2018. There is a product recall. Do not eat or resell the vegetables if you have any.
Symptoms can include diarrhea, loss of appetite, bloating, nausea, and fatigue also with possible vomiting, fever, headache, body aches, and flu-like symptoms. The recommended treatment is antibiotics. Drinking plenty of fluids is also advised. If you think you may have eaten some of the recalled food and feel sick, it is advised that you see a doctor.
To reduce the chance of foodborne illnesses, including cyclosporiasis, make sure to wash your hands before preparing food and eating. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, even if they came in a sealed container. Make sure to washing cutting boards, utensils, and counter tops with hot and soapy water before preparing fruit and vegetables. Store or consume any food shortly after preparing it. The CDC suggests refrigerating prepared foods as soon as possible or within two hours. Also, make sure to store fruit and vegetables away from meat to avoid contamination.