Alert issued for salads, wraps due to parasite concern

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Intestinal parasites that can cause severe and painful symptoms may have tainted beef, pork and poultry in certain salads and wrap products made between July 15 and 18 with sell-by dates of July 18 through 23, the agency said Monday. Some chopped romaine used by Caito Foods and supplied by Fresh Express has been recalled over feared Cyclospora contamination, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service statement. The affected items were distributed nationwide to stores including Trader Joe's, Kroger and Walgreen's. Consumers are urged to throw them away.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of Cyclospora infection can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. More than 286 people became ill and at least 11 have been hospitalized from that outbreak as of July 26, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take a look at the labels to see if you recognize any of the products.

Last month, Chicago-based McDonald's temporarily stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, mostly in the Midwest, after a cyclospora outbreak sickened hundreds of customers, including 228 reported cases in IL alone, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

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The problem within Caito Foods is related to the lettuce supplier, Fresh Express.

No illnesses have been reported.

The incubation period for Cyclospora ranges from two to 14 days, which would include the dates of July 25 through August 6.

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The department said 160 cases of cyclospora infections were also linked to an Independence Day celebration July 3 at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. A spokesperon said,"This product was available in a limited number of our stores in IL only".

This is the second such incident in as many months for the central in food distributor.

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