RECALL ALERT: Salads, Wraps From Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens May Be Contaminated

  • RECALL ALERT: Salads, Wraps From Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens May Be Contaminated

RECALL ALERT: Salads, Wraps From Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens May Be Contaminated

Romaine lettuce used in these products may have been tainted by Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness, according to FSIS.

All of the items identified in the new USDA report contained beef, pork and/or chicken - but it is the lettuce that officials are anxious about.

According to the announcement, there are concerns that lettuce in the products are contaminated with Cyclospora, an intestinal parasite that can incubate from two to 14 days. The items in question at those outposts include Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken, and Trader Ming's Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken. They have the establishment number "EST. 39985 or P-39985" inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection. Throw these products away if you have them.

The symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, nausea, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. As of Thursday, 286 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from the fast-food chain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The parasite is usually found in developing countries but there have been several outbreaks in the U.S. in the past few years. "For Cyclospora infections, this could take up to six weeks".

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.

In a recorded message, Salinas, Calif. -based Fresh Express said the recall does not affect its retail salad products.