New food safety infosheet: Fresh produce linked to cyclosporiasis outbreak

An outbreak of over 400 Cyclospora-associated illnesses accross the midwest has been linked by U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials to Taylor Farms de Mexico a large processor of food service salad products.

CDC is still unsure whether all the illnesses reported are linked to these specific products or if there is another source that remains unidentified. The epi seems messy on this one. Here’s a food safety infosheet based on the information that is currently available.Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 8.53.06 AM

Food safety infosheet highlights:

– Clusters of illnesses in the midwestern and eastern U.S. 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.

 

Download the food safety infosheet here.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.