FDA began investigating the outbreak after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it had received at least 78 laboratory confirmed cases of cyclospora cayetanensis, a bacterium that causes severe gastrointestinal illness.
Cases of cyclosporiasis linked to the Del Monte vegetable recall have been reported in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, FDA said in a Safety Alert.
Affected products were sold in 6-ounce, 12-ounce and 28-ounce packages, and distributed to the following grocers in the above states, as well as in Illinois and Indiana:
- Kwik Trip
- Kwik Star
- Country Market
- Food Max Supermarket
- Peapod stores
The recalled veggie trays have a best-if-eaten-by date of June 17 or earlier, FDA said.
The agency didn’t say which vegetable in the mix is responsible for the contamination, but that it is investigating each individual supplier to identify the source.
Source: Detroit Free Press