Just a few days ago on the 30th of July, the USDA reported that FSIS was issuing a public health alert out of concerns to do with Cyclospora contamination. This contamination affects several chain stores and could be something you really need to be paying attention to.
For those who do not know, this outbreak had already sickened over 150 Mcdonald’s customers in at least ten states within the past month and those numbers are rising. This is also affecting places like Walgreen’s, Kroger’s, and Trader Joe’s. The USDA’s public health alert went live after Indianapolis-based food distributor Caito Foods were made aware that the chopped romaine lettuce used to make some of their salads and wraps were being recalled. While Caito is Indianapolis based, their lettuce supplier Fresh Express is Illinois based.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. Cyclospora infection is an illness caused by the intestinal parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis. The incubation period for Cyclospora ranges from two to 14 days, which would include the dates of July 25 through August 6, 2018. Illnesses might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. For Cyclospora infections this could take up to six weeks.
Over two dozen different kinds of salads and wraps could be affected so honestly, I won’t be buying anything of the sort until this has all blown over. For those who do not know the parasite mentioned, Cyclospora causes intestinal illness and comes with symptoms like explosive bowel movements, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach cramps/pain, fever, vomiting, headache, and flu-like symptoms. This illness can last anywhere from just a few days to several months and can have devastating effects as you can get better and worse right back to back.
For more on this please watch the video below. The list of products affected by the recall can be found by clicking here. It includes anything produced between July 15-18th with either ‘best by,’ ‘sell by,’ ‘best if sold by,’ or so forth dates that range from July 18-23rd. Some of these products could be lurking in our fridges without us even realizing. With Mcdonald’s issued linked to Fresh Express as well who knows what else might be contaminated.
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