Ready-Made Salads, Wraps Recalled For Possible Parasite Contamination

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

Dozens Of Salads And Wraps May Contain A Fecal Parasite, USDA Warns

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.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a recall for certain beef, pork and chicken salad and wrap products distributed by Caito Foods to several stores including Kroger and Walgreen's.

Consumers have been warned by federal health officials not to purchase over two dozen salad and wrap products available in major grocery chains due to concerns about possible parasite contamination.

They are being recalled amid fears of Cyclospora contamination from chopped romaine sold to Caito Foods from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express.

The symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms.

The salads and wraps were produced between July 15 and 18 and the "Best by", "Enjoy by", "Best if sold by" or "Sell by" dates will range between July 18 and July 23.

No illnesses have been reported from consumers, but cyclospora infections can take up to six weeks to present.

If you are anxious you have consumed a recalled item, contact a medical professional. A full list of products, labels, code numbers and identifying information can be found at fsis.usda.gov.

Caroline Judelson is a writer for Fox News Lifestyle.

The FDA is advising these products to be thrown away or returned to where they were purchased out of precaution. The fast food giant's salads are also supplied by Fresh Express.

Even though the products are past their "best by" dates, the USDA is concerned that they may still be in people's refrigerators.

It is the same parasite responsible for a nationwide outbreak linked to McDonald's salads last month, causing at least 286 confirmed illnesses in 11 states, the CDC said. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

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