This week, federal officials warned consumers not to eat certain salad and wrap products sold at certain stores, including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens, according to CNN, because the products may be contaminated with Cyclospora cayetanensis, a microscopic, single-celled parasite that causes intestinal illness.
People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. The FSIS says the alert was issued out of "an abundance of caution".
News of the recall comes a few months after McDonald's was linked to a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May. Indianapolis-based distributor Caito Foods LLC reported that officials with Fresh Express had issued a recall notice for chopped romaine that was used in the wraps and salads. They were distributed to Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreen's stores. The fast food giant's salads are also supplied by Fresh Express.
Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health. McDonald's has replaced the supplier in those states, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The affected items were produced between July 15 to 18, and have "Best By", or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 to 23. The USDA has posted a complete list online. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service notes the incubation period for cyclospora is up to two weeks, which will last until August 6.
However, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.