August 13, 2013 – A rare outbreak of Cyclospora infections have been linked to bagged salad mixes produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico. The illnesses have been traced to salads eaten at four Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa. To date, nearly 550 Cyclospora infections have been reported in 19 states around the country.
Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning Update 8/27/13: Not all of the more than 600 cases involved in the recent Cyclospora food poisoning outbreak are related to each other, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week. “The preliminary analysis of results from this ongoing cluster investigation in Texas does not show a connection to salad mix, leafy greens, and salad mix components produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico,” the CDC said. Click here to learn more.
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What’s the Problem?
An investigation launched earlier this month by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) revealed an outbreak of Cyclospora infections that was traced to salads produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico. The salads were eaten at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa, and contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, red cabbage and carrots. To date, these products have only been implicated in the Iowa and Nebraska outbreaks; however, Taylor Farms has halted all operations until further notice as a precautionary measure.
“This decision allows Taylor Farms de Mexico to focus more resources on assisting the FDA in their investigation of the June cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska,” the company said on its website. “We continue to be very confident in our Mexico operation throughout our own review of our existing, and recently further enhanced, food safety procedures, systems and critical control points.”
It is still unclear as to whether all the cyclospora parasites involved in this outbreak are the same. A 1997 outbreak that sickened over 1,000 people involved more than four sources, including fresh fruits and spices. The FDA has stated that the effort to trace the path of food poisoning outbreaks is “labor and intensive and painstaking,” requiring the collection, review, and analysis of up to thousands of invoices and shipping documents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has petitioned Congress for $40 million to update its hardware and software systems in an attempt to make it better equipped to determine the genome sequencing of bacterial pathogens like Cyclospora in real-time.
Cyclospora Food Poisoning Update
As of August 13, at least 548 cases of Cyclospora illness have been reported in 19 states and one city. The number of illnesses reported in each area are:
Texas (220); Iowa (153); Nebraska (86); Florida (27); Wisconsin (14); Illinois (9); Arkansas (7); New York City (5); Georgia (4); Missouri (4); Kansas (3); Louisiana(3); Minnesota (2); New Jersey (2); New York (2); Ohio (2); Virginia (2); California (1); Connecticut (1); New Hampshire (1).
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is a rare gastrointestinal illness caused by the Cyclospora cayetanensis bacterium. This parasite spreads when people eat food or drink water that has been contaminated with fecal matter. In most cases, Cyclosporiasis is not highly contagious due to the fact that it typically takes a week or more for a carrier to become infectious. Therefore, it is rare that the bacteria spreads directly from person-to-person.
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis
Signs and symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include:
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Cyclospora outbreaks are rare occurrences in North America, more often being found in tropical or sub-tropical countries, where the the Cyclospora cayetanensis bacterium is prevalent. Since the mid-1990s, imported raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce from these regions have caused Cyclospora outbreaks in the United States.
Do I Have a Cyclospora Outbreak Lawsuit?
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