August 28, 2013 – The farm blamed for a rare and unprecedented Cyclosporiasis food poisoning outbreak has resumed importing fresh produce into the U.S., after investigators found conditions at the company’s plants were ‘in accordance with known safety protocols.’ Taylor Farms shut down operations earlier this month after salad mix it processed was linked to hundreds of Cyclospora infections in Iowa and Nebraska. Similar illnesses in 20 other states were never conclusively linked to the company, and health officials are baffled as to why the outbreak is still growing in a number of other areas around the country.
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What’s the Problem?
This summer’s Cyclospora outbreak is unusual due to the fact that federal and state health authorities have not been able to trace the source of the illnesses back to one item, and that Taylor Farms did not show any evidence of bacterial contamination. In most large epidemics, investigators trace the pattern of the outbreak through interviews and lab tests, and then identify contamination at a farm, manufacturing plant or other facility where the suspect food has been processed or stored. Recent large Cyclospora food poisoning outbreaks have been linked to cantaloupe, peanuts, and eggs.
Cyclospora is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions, and is caused by bacteria that spreads when people eat food or drink water that has been contaminated with feces. Infected persons usually become sick after about a week to 10 days, and suffer varying degrees of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said it worked with Mexican health officials to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the farm. In a statement issued earlier this week, Taylor Farms said it performed its own investigation of its Mexican plant and took more than 1,000 water, soil, and greens samples. All of them came up negative for cyclospora, the company said.
“Taylor Farms has reviewed thousands of other data points for the production dates in question and have found no irregularities that would indicate a potential for contamination,” the company said in a statement.
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