Alert issued for salads, wraps due to parasite concern

A Trader Joe’s product affected by the recall

A public health alert has been issued by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warning consumers not consume certain pre-packaged salads and wraps from major retailers, including Walgreens, Kroger and Trader Joe's, over concerns about possible parasite contamination.

The agency was alerted to the issue when Indianapolis-based food distributor Caito Foods "received notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled".

The affected products include the Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, the Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken and Trader Ming's Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken that contain best by dates between July 21 and July 23.

The products under recall were sold by grocery stores nationwide, including Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walgreens, according to CNN.

Just when you thought it was safe to eat salad again, there's news that more salad products may be contaminated - this time, with a parasite called Cyclospora.

Consumers are urged to throw them away or return them to stores for a refund.

The infection can cause Cyclosporiasis.

People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with the microscopic parasite. It can cause intestinal distress that can last anywhere from a few days to a month or longer if not treated with antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating or increased gas, nausea, fatigue, and low-grade fever. A Walgreens spokesperson told TIME that affected products were available only at a "limited number" of stores in IL, and were immediately pulled from store shelves upon learning of the recall.