USDA Warns Cyclospora Parasite Could Be in Salads and Wraps

July 31, 2018 Updated: August 1, 2018    

A public health alert was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 30 due to wraps contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite.

“The beef, pork, and poultry salad and wrap products were distributed by Caito Foods LLC,” the USDA said.

The beef, pork, and poultry products were sold at popular retail stores, including Kroger, Walgreens, and Trader Joe’s. They were shipped across the United States, said the USDA.

The products have the establishment number “EST. 39985 or P-39985” inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection. The labels can be accessed here.

The USDA identified 25 affected items, including:

– Roast Beef Wrap (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
– Caesar Salad with Chicken (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
– Santa Fe Chicken Salad (Gordon Food Distribution): July 21, 2018
– Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 22, 2018
– Chef Salad with Ham & Turkey (Caito Food Distribution): July 22, 2018
– Roast Beef Wrap (Caito Food Distribution): July 19, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Cobb Salad (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Small Garden Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Small Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 22, 2018
– Small Chef Salad (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Large Caesar Salad with Chicken (Caito Food Distribution): July 20, 2018-July 22, 2018
– Chef Salad (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Caesar Salad with Chicken (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Cobb Salad with Chicken (Kroger): July 20, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Chicken Caesar Wrap (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
– Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey Cobb Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
– Boar’s Head EverRoast Chicken Caesar Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
– Chef Salad (Kroger): July 18, 2018-July 21, 2018
– Caesar Salad with Chicken (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap (Trader Joe’s): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Santa Fe Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Asian Style Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Caesar Salad with Chicken (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018
– Chef Salad with Ham & Turkey (Walgreens): July 21, 2018-July 23, 2018

“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. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

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These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Caito Foods LLC and FSIS are working together to remove the products from commerce,” the USDA says.

It adds: “Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. Cyclospora infection is an illness cause by the intestinal parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis. The incubation period for Cyclospora ranges from two to 14 days, which would include the dates of July 25 through August 6, 2018. Illnesses might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. For Cyclospora infections this could take up to six weeks.”