Another food recall is upon us, and this time it affects three major retailers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a warning about consuming more than two dozen beef, pork, and poultry salads and wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Walgreens, and Kroger. The romaine lettuce in these products could contain a harmful parasite.
Trader Joe's has issued a statement on its website, which claims that only stores in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin are affected. The items in question at those outposts include Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken, and Trader Ming's Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Walgreens has addressed the matter in an email to The Daily Meal. A spokesperon said,"This product was available in a limited number of our stores in Illinois only. Upon learning of the recall, we notified these stores to immediately pull and dispose of any product on store shelves."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has documented 25 potentially tainted products sold by all three retailers. (Consumers can find that list by clicking here.) Each one has "best if sold by," "sell by," "best by," or "enjoy by," dates ranging from July 18, 2018 to July 23, 2018.
The products, which were distributed by Caito Foods in Indianapolis using lettuce supplied by Fresh Express, may be contaminated with cyclospora - a harmful parasite known to cause intestinal illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include diarrhea, with frequent, "sometimes explosive," bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms.
The Daily Meal has reached out to Kroger for comment.
Fresh Express was also the source for McDonald's salads that recently sickened hundreds with cyclospora. In mid-July, the Golden Arches stopped selling salads at 3,000 restaurants in 10 states because 163 people became ill and three were hospitalized after eating at the chain. Those numbers have climbed to 286 illnesses and 11 hospitalizations in 15 states, according to the Food and Drug Administration. McDonald's quickly replaced Fresh Express with another supplier.
Foodborne illness can be painful, exhausting, and potentially lethal. Luckily, there are tons of simple and easy precautionary steps you can take to avoid food poisoning.