Prepackaged salads and wraps sold at major grocers like Trader Joe’s and Kroger have been recalled due to a possible parasite contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration said last week that traces of the parasite were found in a sample of salad mix with romaine lettuce from a single supplier, Fresh Express.
On Monday, the Department of Agriculture said certain foods including prepackaged wraps and salads that use lettuce from Fresh Express might be affected. The products have sell-by dates from July 18 to 23 and include a chicken Caesar salad sold at Walgreens, a tarragon chicken wrap at Trader Joe’s, and a Cobb salad from Kroger. (The full list is here.)
When the cyclospora parasite, transmitted through food contaminated by feces, is then eaten, it can result in an uncomfortable intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss and last for several days or weeks. It is treated with antibiotics and is not fatal.