Wraps and salads sold at Kroger, Walgreens recalled due to parasite concern

A chicken wrap

A chicken wrap. E. Jason Wambsgans—Chicago Tribune MCT via Getty Images

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.

News of the recall comes a few months after McDonald's was linked to a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators and that consumers may be at risk due to the length of the Cyclospora incubation period", the announcement said.

The USDA says Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled.

The potentially affected items were produced between July 15-18, with a "best by", "enjoy by", "best if sold by" or "sell by" date ranging from July 18-23, according to the FSIS. Products include roast beef wraps, chicken Caesar wraps, chef salads and other packaged offerings.

Caito Foods did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment. More than 286 people became ill and at least 11 have been hospitalized from that outbreak as of July 26, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The products also bear establishment number "EST". "No Fresh Express products offered for sale at retail grocery stores are recalled".

"Fresh Express recalled, as a precaution only, a limited of already-expired food service products", the company said.

The summer has been rife with recalls and reported cyclospora infections, especially in IL.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating or increased gas, nausea, fatigue, and low-grade fever.

The Caito Foods salad products affected by the current recall are listed here.

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