July 28, 2021

Dole Blueberries Also Recalled in Canada For Possible Cyclospora

Dole Blueberries are also being recalled in Canada for possible cyclospora contamination.  That same product is being recalled in the United States as well. The recalling company in Canada is Save-On-Foods LP. The blueberries were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, and may have been sold nationally at the consumer level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these berries. The fresh Dole Blueberries were sold in three package sizes. The 170 gram size has the UPC number 0 71430 01150 8 and the codes 14632, 15032, 15046, 15646, and 15648. The 510 gram package size has the UPC number 0 71430 01154 6 and the codes 14632, 14732, 15032, 15046, 15232, 15446, 15432, 15646, and 15648. Finally, the blueberries were … [Read more...]

Dole Fresh Blueberries Recalled For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

Dole Fresh Blueberries are being voluntarily recalled for possible Cyclospora contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Dole is working closely with public health officials to try to solve this issue. Cyclospora is a microscopic parasite that has contaminated fresh fruit and other types of produce every summer in the United States for the past several years. This parasite is endemic to tropical regions of the globe. The parasite causes symptoms of abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, body aches, fatigue, and most characteristically, explosive and unpredictable diarrhea that can recur for months. In the past, foods recalled for cyclospora contamination include basil, bagged salads, … [Read more...]

Shenandoah Growers Recalls Basil For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

Shenandoah Growers recalls basil for possible cyclospora contamination. The company, based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, issued the recall on February 8, 2021. They are recalling about 3,240 units of branded fresh cut, organic basil packed in clamshells. The basil was packed at the company's location in Indianapolis, Indiana. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this problem. These are the specific lot codes that are affected: PV40515 1034, PV40515 3034, PV40515 4034, and PV40515 3035. The basil came from the country of Colombia and was harvested from Puerto Vallarta Herbs SAS (Farm) and imported by Vallarta Organics LLC dba Organic Destiny (Importer). You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with pack date, … [Read more...]

Organic Basil Recalled For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

Shenandoah Growers is recalling organic basil for possible cyclospora contamination. As part of the larger recall, Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn Dixie, is recalling organic basil for the same reason. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The Shenandoah Growers recall includes those clamshells of certified organic basil marked with these specific lot codes that are printed on each package. The basil was distributed to retail stores between October 1, 2020 and October 30, 2020 to these states and locations: Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Washington DC. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with package sizes, lot … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Cyclospora Warning Letter Sent by FDA

The FDA has sent a Fresh Express cyclospora warning letter as part of the investigation into the multistate foodborne illness outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the summer of 2020. The outbreak sickened at least 701 people in 14 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA determined that Fresh Express bagged salad mixes that contained iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage was the source of this outbreak. There was also a Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak in 2018 associated with McDonald's salads that sickened more than 500 people. The product in question was manufactured at the company's facility in Streamwood, Illinois. The presence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in the bagged salads cause them to be adulterated per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. … [Read more...]

Recall of Fresh Express Salads in Canada For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of Fresh Express salad products in Canada for possible cyclospora contamination has been updated to include the correct UPC numbers, package sizes, and expiration dates. No illnesses have been reported in Canada, but there is a cyclospora outbreak in the U.S. potentially linked to Fresh Express salads. All of the recalled products have a lot code beginning with “Z 177” or a lower number. They are all Fresh Express brand. The corrected numbers are labeled with a *. The recalled salads are Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar in 323 gram packages with UPC number 0 71279 30931 6* and all best before dates up to and including July 8*, 2020; American in 312 gram packages and UPC number 0 71279 24100 5* with all best before dates up to and including July 11, 2020*; Chopped Kit Thai ‘N’ … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Salads Recalled in Canada For Possible Cyclospora

Fresh Express is recalling some of its Fresh Express brand salad products from the marketplace in Canada for possible cyclospora contamination. No illnesses have been reported in Canada, but Fresh Express ingredients are potentially linked to a large cyclospora outbreak in the United States. All of the recalled products have a lot code beginning with "Z 177" or a lower number. They are all Fresh Express brand. The recalled salads are Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar in 323 gram packages with UPC number 0 71279306049 8 and best before date July 8, 2020; American in 312 gram packages and UPC number 0 71279241036 2 with best before date July 11, 2020; Chopped Kit Thai 'N' Cashews in 332 gram packages, with UPC number 0 71279309255 0, and best before date July 11, 2020; and Veggie Lover's in … [Read more...]

Wild Harvest Organic Basil Recalled For Cyclospora Contamination

United Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Wild Harvest Organic Basil for possible cyclospora contamination. The basil was distributed out of UNFI's Hopkins, Minnesota distribution center to retailers in Minnesota between 4/18/2020 - 5/8/2020. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recall is for Wild Harvest Organic Fresh Basil, sold in 0.25 ounce, 0.75 ounce, 2 once, and 4 ounce plastic clamshell containers. The UPC numbers on the product, respectively, are 0071153550450, 0071153550322, 0071153550762, and 0071153550323. The product has a white sticker with black ink on the back that states "Product of Columbia and "112." Routine sampling found the parasite in the basil. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a … [Read more...]

How Do You Know If You Have a Cyclospora Infection?

Every year for the last several years in the United States, there has been a massive cyclospora outbreak that sickens thousands. In fact, last year several cyclospora outbreaks sickened more than 2,400 people. One of those outbreaks that was linked to imported fresh basil sickened more than 240 people across the country and was the number four outbreak for 2019. So how do you know if you have a cyclospora infection? Cyclosporiasis is the illness caused by this single celled parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. People get sick by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the parasite. This infection is not spread person-to-person, since the oocyte needs time, usually one to two weeks, to sporulate and become infectious after it is expelled in feces. The parasite is … [Read more...]

2019 Cyclospora Outbreaks Sickened More Than 2,400

The CDC has issued a final report on the cyclospora outbreaks that hit the United States in 2019. This illness is most common in the summer months, and can run from May through September. Multiple outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were identified and linked to different produce items this year. As of November 13, 2019, there are 2,408 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. These people got sick between May 1 and August 31, 2019, and had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset. At least 144 people were hospitalized in the various outbreaks. Multiple illness clusters were associated with different restaurants and events. About 10% of ill persons were associated with a multistate … [Read more...]

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