Del Monte vegetables linked to over 200 reported infections, officials say

Faith Castro
July 11, 2018

As per the CDC, the illnesses have a link to the pre-packed vegetable tray which the people bought from the Del Monte Fresh Produce brand in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and MI.

Over the weekend, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control announced and began investigating the reported outbreak, caused by pre-packaged raw vegetables and dill-flavored dip. The 6-, 12-, and 28-ounce trays contain fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrot sticks, and dill dip.

Seven of the 212 people who got ill from the vegetable tray have been hospitalized since May.

The recalled trays has affected people in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI. The symptoms can include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss or cramping.

IN and IL, along with the another four states, have also been warned about the outbreak, since some of the Del Monte products that included vegetables that appear on the list of affected produce, were for sale in sales during June.

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.

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Most infected people reported buying and consuming the trays from Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC said.

Health officials have been able to determine that the source of the infections were pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays. It's unclear which food item caused the illness. Flu-like symptoms may also arise.

Food-borne disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, from the University of Minnesota, said that he suspects that the number of cases could be much higher than the 212 that have so far been confirmed by health officials because of delayed onset of symptoms.

Left untreated, cyclosporiasis could last anywhere from a few days to a whole month.

"The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA. The agency recommends throwing out all recalled products.

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