Health Alert Issued For Romaine Lettuce In Products Sold By Popular Retailers - Officials Warn Of Parasitic Contamination

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August 01, 2018

On June 30, officials issued a public warning for individuals who have eaten any of a variety of ready-to-eat products containing romaine lettuce that was sold at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, and Walgreens.

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According to the FSIS: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about contamination with Cyclospora. The beef, pork, and poultry salad and wrap products were distributed by Caito Foods LLC, an Indianapolis, Ind. establishment.”

The products in question were produced between July 15-18, 2018, and have the establishment number “EST. 39985 or P-39985.” Anyone who has purchased these items is urged to dispose of them before consumption.

Caito Foods LLC was first alerted about the contamination when they “received a notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps were being recalled.”

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The FSIS also states further concerns: “Some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce.”

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Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include diarrhea, explosive bowel movements, weight loss, stomach pain, nausea, bloating, gas, fatigue, fever, body ache, and flu-like symptoms.

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Be sure to share this information with anyone you know who could have purchased or consumed one of these contaminated products. If you have questions about the recall, you are encouraged to call 1-888-674-6854 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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