USDA issues alert about salads, wraps due to parasite worry

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – 2016/09/22: Healthy produce or food: Boston lettuce. High view of a leafy lettuce vegetable. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities have issued a public health alert about more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products as a precaution due to possible parasite contamination.

The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the products, distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods may be contaminated with cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illness.

The USDA says Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled.

The products were sold by grocery stores including Trader Joe’s, Walgreens and Kroger. They have the establishment number “EST. 39985 or P-39985.” The USDA has posted a complete list online. Consumers are urged to throw them away.

Click or tap here to see the complete list of products

For more information, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

WSPA contributed to this report.

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