Health alert issued for beef, poultry, and pork products over Cyclospora concern

The USDA said that 25 items were affected by the Cyclospora parasite

The USDA said that 25 items were affected by the Cyclospora parasite

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.

Cyclosporiasis, the illness caused by Cyclospora exposure, typically includes symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, weight loss and appetite loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The products, which were distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, all have "sell by" dates ranging from July 18 to July 23, meaning consumers should check their refrigerators.

The complete list of products, product labels, the UPC code numbers and other identifying information can be found here.

The USDA says Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled. This time, the unfortunate honor has fallen on Walgreens, Kroger, and Trader Joe's, which have been forced to recall salads and wraps possibly contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. "39985 or P-39985" inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection.

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Anyone with the affected products should them away or return them for a full refund.

The infection is caused by Cyclospora cayetanesis, an intestinal parasite, according to the FSIS. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

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.

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

The outer limit of the incubation period for this batch of food is August 6, the USDA said, and it could be up to six weeks before officials begin to receive reports of illness.

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