As of July 5, 2018, CDC has reported 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons from IA, MN, WI and MI who reportedly consumed the vegetable trays. Those resulted in seven hospitalizations but no deaths.
As of Thursday, July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 212 cases of laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in four states from the 6- and 12-ounce products, including cases in MI.
Osterholm represents at least 115 people who ate from the fecally-contaminated trays.
The Cyclospora parasite needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products.
More than 200 people have been sickened with an intestinal parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis, after eating pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA.
There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.
On June 8, Del Monte recalled 6-ounce and 12-ounce vegetable trays from retail locations.
'Consumers who believe that they are in possession of any of the above products affected by this recall should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container, ' the FDA said.
Before you swear off veggies forever, rest assured that the recall is in full affect. Del Monte has pulled its baby carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and dill dip all from the shelves.
The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation. The FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, as well, in its ongoing investigation.