Dole Blueberry Recall Update With Cyclospora Contamination Fears in Four States

A limited number of cases of Dole Fresh blueberries were recalled last week due to a possible parasite contamination, but so far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the products.

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Dole Diversified North America, Inc. had voluntarily recalled a limited number of its blueberry products in a variety of sizes.

The agency said that Dole was "coordinating closely with regulatory officials," as part of the effort and confirmed that "no illnesses have been reported to date in association with the recall."

The recall was issued by Dole due to a possible Cyclospora contamination, which is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite that can be contracted after ingesting contaminated food or water, according to the FDA.

In its statement, the agency said that common symptoms from Cyclospora contamination include "severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue," but confirmed that infected people normally respond quickly to a treatment of antibiotics.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website states that a majority of people with a healthy immune system recover within a month without needing treatment after contracting the parasite, but those in poor health may suffer from the illness for a prolonged period.

Only packs of Dole's blueberries with specific universal product codes have been recalled by the company, with a list of the products affected housed on the FDA website.

Dole urged shoppers to check their products and said that some of the codes will only be visible across the wording of the product, but confirmed that a majority can be found on the top label of the clamshell in black ink.

The affected blueberries were only distributed in the states of Illinois, Maine, New York and Wisconsin in the U.S. and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

The FDA confirmed that no other Dole products have been affected by the recall and urged any shoppers who have purchased a recalled product to not consume it and "discard it immediately."

In a statement to Newsweek on Tuesday, a Dole spokesperson said that food safety is at the heart of the company's ethos.

"Providing safe, nutritious product is a core tenet of the organization that Dole is 100% committed to," the spokesperson said. "If a potential hazard is identified, we will always take the most precautionary measure to ensure safety."

Newsweek has contacted the FDA and Dole Diversified North America for comment on the recall.

Dole blueberries issue voluntary recall
A pack of Dole Blueberries in a photo provided by the Food and Drug Administration. A limited number of cases of Dole Fresh blueberries were recalled last week to a possible parasite contamination, but so far no illnesses have been reported from the products. U.S. Food and Drug Administration