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CDC Investigation Update: Cyclosporiasis

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

CDC investigation announcement of a multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays, U.S. 2018 can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/2018/a-062018/index.html

Key points:

  • CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and state and local public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections associated with consumption of pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. Symptoms begin an average of 7 days after ingestion.
  • Symptoms may include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Other less common symptoms include vomiting and low-grade fever.
  • As of June 15, 2018 (3pm EDT), CDC has been notified of 78 linked laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis from four states—Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
  • Four of the 78 cases have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Cases reported in Michigan were from persons who bought the products in Wisconsin.
  • Consumers and retailers in Indiana and Illinois also are being alerted as the 28 oz. pre-packaged vegetable trays also were distributed in these states.
  • Most ill people reported buying and consuming pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip in the Midwest.
  • Most people reported buying the trays at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star convenience stores.
  • On June 15, 2018, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip.
    • Recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers.
    • Recalled products were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.
    • Recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018.
      • The recalled 6 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472715 2 found on the package label.
      • The recalled 12 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9 found on the package label.
      • The recalled 28 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce small vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752478604 3 found on the package label.
    • Do not eat or sell recalled vegetable trays. Throw them away.

The investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available on CDC.gov – https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/2018/a-062018/index.html

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.

 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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