Crudite Crisis: Parasite Found In Veggies Infects Over 200

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Crudite Crisis: Parasite Found In Veggies Infects Over 200

Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled vegetable trays and developed symptoms should seek medical attention.

Businesses that reportedly sold the tainted veggies include Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, Food Max Supermarket and Peapod.

As it turns out, Lund is one of the reported 56 people in the state who fell sick with a Cyclospora infection, an intestinal parasite he got after eating Fresh Del Monte Produce vegetable trays he picked up at a nearby Kwik Trip. But the number of infections has grown since then, and the CDC is warning that more cases could still be reported, because the cyclosporiasis infection has a delayed onset for symptoms of roughly one week and can last for weeks.

The outbreak is linked to Del Monte 6-, 12- and 28-ounce plastic clamshell vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip.

The CDC first reported the outbreak in mid-June with the cases in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and MI.

Symptoms from this outbreak were first reported on May 14, and the ages of victims range from 13 to 79 years of age, according to CNN. All sizes had best-by dates of June 17 or earlier, so officials say there is little chance anyone still has any of the products. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

The FDA has not identified which of the ingredients it believes to be the cause of this outbreak, and each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of cyclosporiasis include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing.

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