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78 people sick from parasite outbreak linked to Del Monte veggie trays

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(Meredith) – Del Monte is recalling several batches of fresh-cut vegetable trays in the wake of a parasite outbreak that has sickened 78 people in several states.

The recalled vegetable trays include fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip. According to the FDA, the products may be contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite commonly found in developing countries.

The parasite can infect the small intestine and “usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements,” according to the CDC.

The infection is usually not life-threatening but may include the following symptoms: loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, low-grade fever and diarrhea.

All 78 people infected with Cyclospora in this multi-state outbreak purchased their Del Monte veggie trays from gas stations and supermarkets including Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, Food Max Supermarket and Peapod.

The trays were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018 or earlier.

Customers are urged to throw away the affected products. Anyone with questions or concerns may call Del Monte’s 24-hour customer service line at 1-800-659-6500 or send an email to contact-us-executive-office@freshdelmonte.com.

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