Products distributed by local company recalled for possible parasite

Federal authorities have issued a public health alert about more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products as a precaution due to possible parasite contamination.

The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the products, distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods LLC, might be contaminated with cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illness.

The USDA said Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled.

The products were sold by grocery stores including Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger. They have the establishment number "EST. 39985 or P-39985." The USDA has posted a complete list online. Consumers are urged to throw them away or return them.

The recall is the second to affect Caito in recent months. In early June, Caito recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys prepared at its facility in Indianapolis. A salmonella outbreak linked to the melon sickened about 60 people in five Midwestern states.

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