Minnesota Department of Agriculture Finds Cyclospora in Ocean Mist Farms Romaine Hearts

Laboratory testing found Cyclospora in Ocean Mist Farms Romaine Hearts lettuce grown in Coachella, CA

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) issued a consumer advisory warning people not to eat Ocean Mist Farms romaine hearts because of possible Cyclospora contamination. The MDA lab found Cyclospora in the lettuce during routine surveillance sampling. At this time, no illnesses associated with the romaine lettuce have been reported in Minnesota.

Cyclospora is a foodborne parasite that causes an intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis. More than 90 percent of Cyclospora cases occur during the spring and summer months. Cyclospora outbreaks are often linked to fresh produce such as salad greens.

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Possible Cyclospora in Ocean Mist Farms Romaine Hearts

The Ocean Mist Farms romaine hearts (“coeurs de laitue romaine”) were packaged in 22-ounce plastic bags with the lot code 22RHDM2L and harvest date MAR 10. The lettuce was grown in Coachella, CA, and sourced from Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, CA.

ocean mist farms romaine hearts with possible cyclospora contamination
Image Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Ocean Mist Farms romaine hearts were sold at the following grocery stores in Minnesota:

  • Bob’s Produce Ranch in Fridley
  • Brink’s Market in Chisago City
  • Coborn’s Grocery in Hastings
  • Daggett’s Fresh Foods in Hinckley
  • Driskill’s Downtown Market in Hopkins
  • Festival Foods in Andover
  • Festival Foods in Bloomington
  • Festival Foods in Hugo
  • Festival Foods in Lexington
  • Festival Foods in White Bear Lake
  • Festival Foods in Brooklyn Park
  • Jerry’s Market in North Branch
  • Jubilee Foods in Mound
  • King’s County Market in Andover
  • King’s County Market in St. Francis
  • Knowlan’s Fresh Foods in Maplewood
  • Knowlan’s Fresh Foods in South St. Paul
  • Kowalski’s Market in Eagan
  • Kowalski’s Market in Excelsior
  • Kowalski’s Market in Eden Prairie
  • Kowalski’s Market on Grand in St. Paul
  • Kowalski’s Market on Chicago in Minneapolis
  • Kowalski’s Market on Lyndale in Minneapolis
  • Kowalski’s Market in Oak Park Heights
  • Kowalski’s Market in Shoreview
  • Kowalski’s Market in White Bear Lake
  • Kowalski’s Market in Woodbury
  • Longfellow Market in Minneapolis
  • Mackenthun’s Foods in Waconia
  • North Market in Minneapolis
  • Oxendale’s Market Randolph in St. Paul
  • Speedy Market in St. Paul
  • Super One Plaza in Duluth
  • Super One West in Duluth
  • Super One in Two Harbors

What Should I Do If I Purchased Ocean Mist Farms Romaine Hearts?

The MDA warns customers who purchased the romaine lettuce not to eat it. The romaine lettuce should be properly thrown away in a sealed package or returned to the place of purchase. Health officials recommend washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the lettuce to avoid illness from cross-contamination.

If you or someone you love ate Ocean Mist Farms romaine hearts, watch for the following symptoms of a Cyclospora infection:

  • Watery, sometimes explosive diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

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