Romaine Lettuce Infected With Parasites; Products Sold Nationwide By Popular Retailers

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July 31, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert late Monday night, July 30.

Federal health officials have alerted the public out of extreme caution due to the safety and health concerns of the consumers, according to "Food Safety News." Caito Foods, LLC distributed the beef, poultry, and pork salad and wrap products, and there is a reason to believe that these products could be contaminated with Cyclospora.

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These grab-and-go salads and wraps contain the lettuce supplied by Fresh Express and, according to FSIS, Fresh Express is responsible for the recall. These products were distributed all across the United States to popular retailers such as Kroger and Trader Joe's.

The problem was discovered when Fresh Express notified Caito Foods LLC about the possible contamination. Some of their chopped romaine lettuce used in Caito Food's wraps and salads were being recalled due to the parasite infection.

The products have a produced date between July 15, 2018, to July 18, 2018. They have either a "Best By," "Best if Sold By," "Sell By," or "Enjoy By" dates between July 18, 2018, through July 23, 2018.

The recalled products have an establishment number “EST. 39985 or P-39985” inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection.

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Federal health officials are concerned that some consumers may have these products tucked away in their refrigerators and may consume a recalled product.

FSIS asked that individuals who have purchased these products not to consume them. If a consumer has these products, they should discard in the trash or return them to the place of purchase. At this time, Caito Foods LLC, and the FSIS are working to remove all the recalled items from the shelves.

Cyclosporiasis is an infection in the intestine caused by a microscopic parasite, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms may include but are not limited to, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, fatigue, stomach cramps/pain, body aches, fever, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms.

Consumers with questions can call 1-888-674-6854 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.