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Summer is the perfect time for blueberries. I personally love sprinkling them into my vanilla ice cream on a warm summer afternoon. However, if you have fresh blueberries sitting in your fridge at the moment then you might want to check the package as there is a current recall.

Because of a possible Cyclospora contamination, Dole has announced there is a short-term recall on their fresh blueberries.

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While there are no reported illnesses associated with the recall, it is still a serious matter as Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause an intestinal infection known as Cyclosporiasis.

According to the Food and Drug Administration’s recall, people become sick after coming in contact with contaminated food or water. Some symptoms regularly associated with this infection are severe abdominal pains, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and fatigue. Fortunately, this is something that can be treated using antibiotics.

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The Dole blueberries are available in grocery stores and come in clear clamshell containers. They have their product lot code luted on the top of the table in black ink. The affected batch of blueberries were distributed in packages across Illinois, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin, as well as two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia.

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If you live in these areas and are afraid you might have the affected blueberries then you can check to see if their product descriptions, UPC codes, or product lot codes match those which have been posted to the official FDA website.

If you happen to have possibly contaminated blueberries in your possession then you are asked to immediately toss them out and don’t eat them. So far, no other Dole fruit products have been affected. If you have any questions regarding the recall you are welcome to get in contact with Dole’s Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111.

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