Dole Fresh Blueberries Recalled Due To Cyclospora Contamination
A popular brand of fresh blueberries has been voluntarily recalled by the packager. The United States Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public about the recall on Dole Fresh Blueberries, due to the potential for Cyclospora contaminiation. Wisconsin is one of the states included on the product distribution list.
At the present time, the recall is only on a limited number of cases. However, it does affect a large number of lot codes. The recall is for 6-ounce, pint-size, 18-ounce, and 24-ounce containers. Click here to see the full list on the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations website.
While there have been no medical issues reported in regards to the recalled blueberries, the potential for concern is there. According to the FDA:
"Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite. A person may become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue. The infection is treated with antibiotics and most people respond quickly to treatment."
Consumers are directed to look for the product lot code on the top label of the clamshell packaging; it's included on the label as a series of numbers printed by inkjet in black.
For now, no other Dole products are included as part of the recall effort. In addition, no other fresh blueberry products packaged by Dole are affected - only the specific UPC and lot codes listed on the FDA website. Consumers who have the blueberries in question are directed to no eat them. Call the Dole Consumer Center with additional questions: 1-800-356-3111.