Wisconsin’s cyclospora outbreak linked to vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip raised by tenfold, according to latest a report. The number of cyclospora infections has dramatically increased in less than two weeks.
The recent report notes that up to Wednesday, 123 laboratory-confirmed cases were estimated in the state, with around 84 sickened individuals. According to health officials, these individuals had eaten Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray sold at a Kwik Trip. More than 12 similar cases have been found in Minnesota.
Health officials stated that Kwik Trip has eliminated the 6-ounce and 12-ounce vegetable trays from the stores. Other businesses have also purchased the trays whose names haven’t yet been revealed by health agencies.
Del Monte Fresh Produce has not commented about the worst outbreak believed to be linked to its vegetable trays in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
However, it has recalled a small amount of vegetable trays carrying cauliflower, carrots, dill dip, broccoli, and celery sticks sold to traders in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois, the global producer said in a product recall notice.
The Coral Gables, Fla., based company also said that it sent 6 to 28 ounces size vegetable trays to Kwik Trip, Sentry, Demond’s, Kwik Star, Peapod, and other retailers.
Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by food or water contaminated feces (stool). It has been linked in the United States to contaminated imported fresh produce from endemic countries.
Previous outbreaks in the U.S. have found to be associated with imported fresh produce like cilantro, raspberries, snow peas, basil, and lettuce.