The United States Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide public health alert for more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products distributed by Caito Foods LLC, three varieties of which are sold at Trader Joe's, due to concerns about contamination with Cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illness.
Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled, the USDA said.
Trader Joe's identified its three products affected by the recall as Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad with Chicken and Trader Ming’s Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken with "Best By" dates of July 21, 2018, to July 23, 2018. The products were sold in stores spanning 11 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Products that were distributed by Gordon Food Service or sold at Kroger and Walgreens were also listed in the recall notice.
A Gordon Food Service representative said that its product — a roast beef wrap, chicken Caesar salad and Santa Fe chicken salad — was sent to a customer in Ohio, who has been notified about the recall.
Walgreens' affected product — an Asian chicken salad, chicken Caesar and chef salad with ham and turkey — was available "in a limited number of our stores in Illinois only," a spokesperson said. "Upon learning of the recall, we notified these stores to immediately pull and dispose of any product on store shelves."
NBC has also reached out to Kroger for more information about which states their product linked to the Caito recall were sold in.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that the potentially contaminated items were produced between July 15 and July 18 with either "Best By" or "Enjoy By" dates ranging from July 18 to July 23, 2018. The full public health alert issued by FSIS can be read here.
Consumers should throw any of the affected items away.