In recent weeks, McDonald’s pulled salads from the menu due to an outbreak caused by the parasite Cyclospora, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed was in a salad mix. Now, the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert regarding salad and wrap products manufactured using the same salad mix as McDonald’s and sold at Trader Joe’s, Walgreen’s, Kroger and other retailers across the nation.
What products are affected?
The products subject to the alert are salads and wraps purchased on or after July 15 (all the affected products were produced between July 15 and July 18). The 25 products include:
- Roast Beef Wraps
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad
- Chef’s Salad (with Ham & Turkey)
- Cobb Salad (with Chicken)
The recalled product labels have “Best By” dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018 and number “EST. 39985 or P-39985” inside or next to the USDA mark. For anyone who may have purchased a suspect salad or wrap, check the complete list of affected products here. You can also view the product labels here.
How to avoid Cyclospora
Trader Joe’s and other retailers are working to remove all salads and wraps from the shelf, but for now, please be on the lookout when shopping. For anyone who may have already purchased affected products—check your refrigerator for these salads and wraps! You’ll want to indentify any recalled products and toss them or return them.
The level of alert
Here’s the good news: No illness caused by the salads or wraps has been reported. However, the FSIS says that the incubation period for the illness caused by Cyclospora can be anywhere from two and 14 days. That means any illness caused by the salads and wraps may not have been reported yet. If you experience stomach flu-like symptoms, please contact your family’s doctor.
Here’s hoping the warnings were released in time. For now, please make homemade sandwich wraps and homemade salads, using fresh produce that’s been fully washed (to eliminate any Cyclospora organisms).