The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement on Friday.

By Nashia Baker
June 29, 2021
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the Dole brand is recalling its blueberries due to risk of cyclospora contamination, Today reports. "Dole Diversified North America, Inc. is coordinating closely with regulatory officials," the FDA shared in their statement on June 25.

The agency explained that consumers could be infected from cyclosporiasis, which is an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite. However, no illnesses have been reported to the FDA from the blueberries at this time. "A person may become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water," the announcement noted. "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."

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While this recall is just a preventative measure against the parasite, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that consumers with healthy immune systems should be able to make a full recovery if they do become infected with cyclospora.

Only the blueberries with the following UPC codes are being recalled: 18 ounce: 0 71430 01154 6; Pint: 0 71430 01151 5; six ounce: 07143001150 8; 24 ounce: 071430011155 3. The FDA recommends checking your packaging for these codes along with the pack date. The blueberries, which were packaged in clamshell-like containers, were sold in Illinois, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin in addition to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Shoppers can also call Dole directly at 1-800-356-3111 with questions about this recall.

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