Dozens Of Salads And Wraps May Contain A Fecal Parasite, USDA Warns

Posted August 02, 2018

In a statement, Trader Joe's said no illnesses have been reported in connection with its products, and specified that they were sold only in Midwest stores.

The products recalled from Walgreens include the Santa Fe salad with chicken, Asian salad with chicken, chicken Caesar salad and the chef salad with ham and turkey.

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.

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

The Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite can cause illness that is not life-threatening, with symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Symptoms may seem to go away but then return.

FSIS said it is concerned that some products may be contaminated with cyclospora, which is a parasite that causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water. The agency provided a list of products by name and UPC code but not specific locations. No illnesses have been reported from consumers, but cyclospora infections can take up to six weeks to present.

Caito Foods discovered the issue when their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, sent notification that the chopped romaine used in some of their salads and wraps was being recalled, according to the FSIS.

However, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.

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.

Caito Foods recently drew unwanted attention in a multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to recalled pre-cut melon that sickened 77 people in nine states.