Posted on May 23, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Feds inspect Del Monte’s veggie facility linked to illness outbreak

FDA says outbreak not related to Cyclospora infections linked to Del Monte vegetable trays in 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday it is inspecting an Illinois-based facility owned by Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. after an outbreak of salmonella illnesses in Wisconsin was linked to the company’s vegetable trays.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that vegetable trays produced by the company’s facility in Kankakee, Ill., and sold at Kwik Trip convenience stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota were linked to three illnesses in Wisconsin and one illness in Minnesota.

According to Wisconsin authorities, those sickened fell ill between April 13-27.

Kwik Trip has removed all Del Monte vegetable trays from its stores.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) is warning people not to eat the following products:

  • Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) 6 oz.
  • Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) 12 oz.

The FDA, CDC and state authorities from Wisconsin and Minnesota continue to investigate the cause and source of the outbreak and the distribution of products.

This outbreak is not related to another outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to Del Monte vegetable trays in 2018.

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