Calling all gas station and grocery store snackers: Check your packaging before you bite. Ready-to-eat Del Monte snack trays featuring broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip have been linked to 78 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis, a parasitic intestinal illness.
The affected 6-ounce and 12-ounce snack packs that appear to be the source of the outbreak were sold at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Indiana, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. Del Monte is recalling the snacks (marked with a “Best If Enjoyed By” listing of June 17, 2018, or earlier). As a preventive measure, the recall also includes 28-ounce veggie trays with the same components sold at Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod in Illinois and Indiana.
At this time, the FDA is still looking into the exact cause; it’s unclear which part of the snack pack in particular is at fault for the outbreak. If you have any of these products, toss them before handling or eating.
Clyclospora is a parasite that can contaminate food and water. When it’s ingested it can lead to diarrhea, appetite loss, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms for a few days or up to a month or longer. If you notice similar symptoms that last three days or longer, call your doctor.