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The food retailer, Del Monte has issued a recall over parasite infected vegetable trays. This recall came after state agencies notified the company that their fresh vegetable trays contain the parasite, Cyclospora. The CDC also confirms that almost 150 people have been infected.

About Cyclospora

Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) causes watery, and sometimes explosive, diarrhea after the one-celled parasite enters through contaminated food or water. Fresh produce is the most likely culprit of cyclospora infection.  Some people infected with the microscopic parasite that causes cyclospora infection to develop no signs or symptoms. When a symptom develops, it happens within two to 11 days of eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Symptoms include frequent, watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, bloating, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever and, malaise. Diarrhea may last a few days to weeks.  Doctors can have difficulty diagnosing the cause of diarrhea. Therefore, doctors will recommend a stool test. Prolonged diarrhea can cause dehydration. A doctor may hospitalize a patient for intravenous fluids.

About Del Monte Parasite Infected Vegetable Trays

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The CDC has confirmed that almost 150 people consumed the Del Monte vegetable trays and now have the microscopic parasite,  cyclospora. The outbreak first began on June 21 and now affects multiple states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. However, the vast majority of infected people live in Wisconsin. Kwik Trip and Kwik Star locations, along with Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod distributed the trays. The CDC also expects this number to grow as it isn’t unusual for a lag time between confirmed test results and reporting to the government agency.
The CDC and state officials continue to warn consumers and retailers not to eat or sell anything on the recalled 6 oz and 12 oz Del Monte vegetable trays, which contain broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. The recalled products had various best-by dates, but the latest date was June 17. The FDA and the CDC have yet to identify, which vegetable in the tray has the parasite. Also, washing or cleaning will not be enough to eliminate cyclospora from the food.

Get Legal Help

Cyclospora has infected thousands of people in 2017 alone. Most people are infected through no fault of their owns. Companies distributing fresh produce have hurt consumers. Many times this parasite caused hospitalization, which also brings costly medical bills. Therefore, this why it is important to seek counsel from an experienced complex litigation attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We have over 20 years representing injured consumers and receiving multimillion-dollar awards for their claims.

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