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Dole Blueberries Are Being Recalled Due To A Potential Parasite Contamination

If you have fresh blueberries in your fridge right now, you’ll want to take a moment to read the packaging to make sure the product is not affected by a current recall. Dole announced a limited recall of their fresh blueberries due to potential Cyclospora contamination.

Although no illnesses in connection with the recall have been reported at the time of publication, Cyclospora is a parasite that can lead to an intestinal infection called Cyclosporiasis. Individuals can become infected after consuming contaminated food or water, according to the Food & Drug Administration. Some common symptoms of this infection include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and fatigue. Antibiotics can be used to treat the infection.

Dole blueberries are available in grocery stores in clear clamshell containers and you can spot the product lot code on the top label in black ink. The impacted blueberry packages were distributed in Illinois, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin, and were also sent to two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia.

Check your blueberries to see if their product descriptions, UPC codes, or product lot codes match those listed on the official recall on the FDA website. No other Dole fruit products have been affected and if you find any of the potentially contaminated blueberries in your possession, dispose of them immediately and do not consume them. You can contact Dole’s Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111 with any questions you may have related to the recall.

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