Parasite scare sparks recall for salads, wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Walgreens

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The products under recall were sold by grocery stores nationwide, including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens, according to CNN.

The warning was issued out of an "abundance of caution", federal inspectors said in a news release, urging consumers not to eat the affected products, which should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Cyclospora is a one-celled organism that can wreak havoc on the human body's digestive system, causing explosive diarrhea, nausea and fatigue.

The products, which were distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, all have "sell by" dates ranging from July 18 to July 23, meaning consumers should check their refrigerators. A Walgreens spokesperson told TIME that affected products were available only at a "limited number" of stores in IL, and were immediately pulled from store shelves upon learning of the recall.

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture said no illnesses have been reported, it's possible that some people may have been infected and don't yet realize it.

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The FSIS encourages anyone concerned about an illness to contact their health-care provider. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics.

"Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse)". The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service notes the incubation period for cyclospora is up to two weeks, which will last until August 6. The chopped romaine is being recalled.

News of the recall comes after a cyclospora infection outbreak that began in May and was linked to McDonald's salads supplied by Fresh Express.

After an FDA analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora in an expired salad mix containing romaine lettuce, Fresh Express began informing companies that received products of concern about the results.

Caito Foods recently drew unwanted attention in a multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to recalled pre-cut melon that sickened 77 people in nine states.

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