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

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

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

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.

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.

The USDA said in its alert the issue was discovered after 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 salad and wrap recall comes as a direct result of an outbreak of Cyclospora infection that began in May and was linked to McDonald's salads also supplied by Fresh Express, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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.

The products were sold by grocery stores including Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger.

Double check your salad and wrap products, health officials say there are concerns about possible parasite contamination. The USDA has posted a complete list online.

The symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms.

"Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse)". Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products. Overall, more than 160 people in 10 states were sickened and at least three were hospitalized.

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