Veggie tray snack sold at gas stations could cause illness, health officials warn

Veggie tray snack sold at gas stations could cause illness, health officials warn

A to-go snack sold at area Kwik Trip stores could be linked to a recent spike in illnesses, Wisconsin health officials said Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, and local health departments are investigating an increase of cyclospora infections, according to a news release.

To date, 11 ill patients in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota have reported buying a Del Monte vegetable tray from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip just before they became ill, officials said. The Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip. The trays may have been available at other retail locations.

DHS said consumers should not eat the 6- or 12-ounce Del Monte Vegetable Tray that includes broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.

Kwik Trip is cooperating with state officials and voluntarily removed the products from their stores Monday, according to the release.

Cyclospora is a parasite commonly found in developing countries, DHS said. People diagnosed with the infection in the U.S. often report having traveled. During the summer months, outbreaks and illnesses occur as a result of contaminated fresh produce entering the U.S. food market from endemic countries.

Officials said symptoms of cyclospora infection include frequent watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea (vomiting is less common), fatigue and a low-grade fever.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your health care provider, who can provide appropriate treatment, health officials said. It may take a week after consuming the product for symptoms to begin.

DHS is continuing to conduct interviews with individuals who test positive for cyclospora. Ill consumers are also encouraged to contact their local health department.

The investigation is ongoing, DHS said.