Eleven people in Wisconsin and three people in Minnesota have fallen ill from food-related illness. All 14 cases can be blamed on vegetable trays.
Convenience store franchise Kwik Trip sold customers contaminated products from their shelves on Friday, June 8. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other health groups found that Cyclospora contaminated two kinds of Del Monte Vegetable Trays. Both the 6 oz. and 12 oz. trays contained three types of vegetables, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, plus a creamy dill dip.
Upon receiving the news, Kwik Trip officials voluntarily removed the contaminated materials from their shelves. Health officials are concerned that there were more of the contaminated products sold at other Kwik Trip locations.
What is Cyclospora?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described Cyclospora as an infection people catch by ingesting food or water that was contaminated by feces. Travelers who visit either third world countries or subtropical areas in the world face a higher risk of catching the parasite. In the United States, Cyclospora could be found through foodborne outbreaks particularly in produce.
Cyclospora is associated with several symptoms. People who have the parasite might feel fatigued or nauseous. They could also deal with increased gas or feel bloated. The CDC also noticed that victims frequently have diarrhea and lose their appetite.
The health organization recommends that people dealing with parasite take a combination of two antibiotics. They also advise the patients who are dealing with diarrhea to get plenty of rest and increase their fluid intake. They also noted that it could take up to two weeks for people to start showing symptoms.
Foodborne Illnesses News
Meanwhile, several children in Knox County, Tennessee are dealing with an E. coli infection that might have stemmed from consuming raw milk. Raw milk is an unpasteurized dairy product that still contains harmful bacteria coming from unsanitary sources including animal feces and cow diseases. It has been reported that infants and people with weakened immune systems could contract infections from drinking raw milk.
There have been at least 60 cases of a salmonella outbreak that has been reported across five states. The CDC pointed out that all 60 cases involve pre-cut melons from both Walmart and Kroeger stores. The health organization noted that while whole melons are not related to the outbreak, they advised consumers to avoid buying fruit salads at both grocery store franchises.
Last month, more than 228,000 pounds of Hormel canned foods were recalled. The U.S Department of Agriculture stated that many of these products contained metal fragments inside the cans. They believed that these metal slivers caused some oral injuries when eating the foods. The products that are being recalled carry the number "EST.199N," which can be found on the bottom of the cans.
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