Illnesses related to Del Monte vegetable trays increase to 227
In mid-June, Del Monte recalled a number of vegetable trays after consumers reported illnesses caused by cyclospora in the produce. A month later, on July 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 227 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who reportedly consumed pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.
The recalled Del Monte vegetable trays included 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip. Recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers and were distributed to Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod. Additionally, Del Monte has recalled 28 oz. “small veggie trays,” which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip that were distributed to Illinois and Indiana.
Illnesses related to the Del Monte vegetable trays were reported in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Seven of these people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The two people who became ill in Michigan reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore Michigan is not impacted by this outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its investigation into the specific source of the cyclospora. People can become infected with cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. Most people infected with cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after eating the contents of a Del Monte vegetable tray, please contact the Cyclospora lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal options. Ron Simon has already filed a number of Del Monte Cyclospora lawsuits.