Anyone who ate anything from any of the recalled vegetable and dip trays and developed symptoms of Cyclospora infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors abut the potential exposure to the parasite.
The recalled trays has affected people in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MI.
Osterholm said he suspected the actual number of cases was much higher than the 212 confirmed so far by health officials.
The veggie packs have a "best if enjoyed by" date of June 17, 2018, or earlier, according to a June 15 release by the Food and Drug Administration.
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Six, 12, and 28-ounce trays in clear packaging with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip have been recalled.
The symptoms associated with cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also happen. The parasite can take days or weeks to pass through humans, so consumers may only recently be experiencing the illness. Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another. The company is also recalling "small veggie trays" which are 28-ounces and were distributed in IL and Indiana.
The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation. FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing. The agency recommends throwing out all recalled products.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled items should not consume them and throw them away immediately.