WASHINGTON – On June 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infection in people who reportedly consumed prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip from four states.
As of July 5, CDC has been notified of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who reportedly consumed the recalled prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays. CDC has issued important advice for consumers and retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin:
- Recalled products were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod.
- Recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018.
- The recalled 6 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472715 2 found on the package label.
- The recalled 12 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9 found on the package label.
- The recalled 28 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce small vegetable tray has a UPC code of 7 1752478604 3 found on the package label.
Del Monte withdrew 6 oz. and 12 oz. vegetable trays from retail market locations on June 8, so they are no longer available for purchase. However, consumers who purchased these trays before the withdrawal may still have product in their homes since the expiration date is June 17, 2018, or earlier.
The FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. The agency currently is reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, and the investigation is ongoing.