Fresh Produce Linked to Cyclosporiasis Outbreak

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Cyclospora infections are often associated with fresh produce, such as raspberries, basil, snow peas and mesclun lettuce. This Food Safety Infosheet describes an outbreak of cyclosporiasis, a parasite that causes an intestinal infection, linked to fresh produce in 2013.

Highlights:

  • Clusters of illnesses in the midwestern and eastern US. As of August 3, 2013: 400 ill, 21 hospitalized in 15 states, including IA, TX, NE, FL, WI, IL, GA, MI, AR, CT, KS, MN, NJ, NY and OH.
  • Cyclospora infections have a history. Most previous cyclospora infections have been associated with fresh produce, such as raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce.
  • FDA traceback has linked some of the illnesses to salad mix supplied to Darden restaurants (including Olive Garden and Red Lobster outlets) by Taylor Farms de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org