Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walgreens Recall More Than 2 Dozen Products

Del Monte Fresh Produce in June issued a voluntary recall of vegetable trays sold in six Midwest states, including IL, due to potential cyclospora contamination.

The United States Department of Agriculture advised that romaine lettuce in the products might be contaminated with cyclospora, an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.

The products being recalled were all produced between July 15 and July 18, with sell by dates from July 18 to July 23. "39985 or P-39985".

The problem was discovered when Caito Foods received notification from its lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled.

Distributed nationwide by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, the possibly tainted products were sold by retailers including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens. Throw these products away if you have them.

The summer has been rife with recalls and reported cyclospora infections, especially in IL.

Symptoms can develop more than a week after consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms may include diarrhea, frequent bowel movements, stomach cramps and nausea. A full list of the affected products is available here, and the product labels are available here. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics.

In a recorded message, Salinas, Calif. -based Fresh Express said the recall does not affect its retail salad products.

Overall, more than 160 people in 10 states were sickened and at least three were hospitalized.

The alert said the incubation period ranges from two to 14 days and that illnesses "might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported".

  • Eleanor Harrison