Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

This time, a possible parasite contamination in chopped romaine lettuce has triggered a callback of prepared salads and wraps from stores including Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Gordon Food Service and Kroger.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this causes intestinal illness about a week or so after consumption, and can include diarrhea and frequent or explosive bowel movements.

"The beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap items were produced between July 15 to 18, 2018, with the either "Best By", "Enjoy by", Best if Sold By" or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018. A Walgreens spokesperson told TIME that affected products were available only at a "limited number" of stores in IL, and were immediately pulled from store shelves upon learning of the recall. "39985 or P-39985".

Federal officials issued a public health alert Monday night warning people to watch for signs of parasitic infections if they have eaten any of more than two dozen varieties of wraps and salads sold nationwide by retailers including Kroger and Trader Joe's. It can also cause loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, gas and fatigue, the CDC added.

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Symptoms can develop more than a week after consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms may seem to go away but then return.

The problem within Caito Foods is related to the lettuce supplier, Fresh Express. Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce.

A full list showing the products' labels can be seen here. "For Cyclospora infections, this could take up to six weeks".

The outer limit of the incubation period for this batch of food is August 6, the USDA said, and it could be up to six weeks before officials begin to receive reports of illness.

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