May 30, 2020

Wild Harvest Organic Basil Recalled For Cyclospora Contamination

United Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Wild Harvest Organic Basil for possible cyclospora contamination. The basil was distributed out of UNFI's Hopkins, Minnesota distribution center to retailers in Minnesota between 4/18/2020 - 5/8/2020. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recall is for Wild Harvest Organic Fresh Basil, sold in 0.25 ounce, 0.75 ounce, 2 once, and 4 ounce plastic clamshell containers. The UPC numbers on the product, respectively, are 0071153550450, 0071153550322, 0071153550762, and 0071153550323. The product has a white sticker with black ink on the back that states "Product of Columbia and "112." Routine sampling found the parasite in the basil. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a … [Read more...]

How Do You Know If You Have a Cyclospora Infection?

Every year for the last several years in the United States, there has been a massive cyclospora outbreak that sickens thousands. In fact, last year several cyclospora outbreaks sickened more than 2,400 people. One of those outbreaks that was linked to imported fresh basil sickened more than 240 people across the country and was the number four outbreak for 2019. So how do you know if you have a cyclospora infection? Cyclosporiasis is the illness caused by this single celled parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. People get sick by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the parasite. This infection is not spread person-to-person, since the oocyte needs time, usually one to two weeks, to sporulate and become infectious after it is expelled in feces. The parasite is … [Read more...]

2019 Cyclospora Outbreaks Sickened More Than 2,400

The CDC has issued a final report on the cyclospora outbreaks that hit the United States in 2019. This illness is most common in the summer months, and can run from May through September. Multiple outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were identified and linked to different produce items this year. As of November 13, 2019, there are 2,408 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. These people got sick between May 1 and August 31, 2019, and had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset. At least 144 people were hospitalized in the various outbreaks. Multiple illness clusters were associated with different restaurants and events. About 10% of ill persons were associated with a multistate … [Read more...]

Rock Garden Organic Basil Recalled For Possible Cyclospora

Publix has posted this recall announcement on their website, regarding Rock Garden Organic Basil. The product is being recalled for possible cyclospora contamination. It was sold at Publix and GreenWise Market. The FDA and CDC are investigating a multistate cyclospora outbreak that may be linked to fresh basil imported from Mexico by Siga Logistics de RL de CV. FDA's traceback found that the basil available at points of sale where consumers who got sick shopped was exported by Siga Logistics. FDA has increased import screening on fresh basil. The FDA has requested that Siga Logistics recall the basil, and is working with the firm on a recall. Do not consume or serve uncooked items like pesto or salad that include fresh basil unless you are sure that the basil was not exported by … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert Issued for Fresh Express Salad and Wrap Products for Cyclospora

The USDA has issued a public health alert for beef, pork, and poultry salad and wrap products that were distributed by Caito Foods of Indiana, for possible cyclospora contamination. That company's lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, told them that the chopped romaine used to make some of their salads and wraps was recalled. There is no indication that this recall of lettuce for cyclospora is linked to the McDonald's cyclospora outbreak linked to their salads, or to the Del Monte Vegetable Tray cyclospora outbreak. These items were produced between July 15 and 18, 2018, with "Best By," "Enjoy by," "Best if Sold By," or "Sell By" dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018. The list of recalled products is difficult to read; but you can zoom in by right clicking on the list; it also … [Read more...]

CDC Offers Tips on Fruit and Vegetable Safety Amid Cyclospora and Salmonella Outbreaks

There are two outbreaks right now in the U.S. that are linked to fresh produce. A cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays has sickened 212 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan. And a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to recalled fresh precut melons has sickened. So the CDC is offering advice on fruit and vegetable safety. Fruits and vegetables are important to a good diet. They help protect y0u from illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. But these types of foods are more likely than others to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. And many of these products are not heated before they are consumed, which means any contaminated food will make someone sick. For fruit and vegetable safety, the safest produce has been cooked to a … [Read more...]

Attorneys File Second Lawsuit in Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Sold at Kwik Trip; More Will Sue

Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have filed a second lawsuit in the multistate cyclospora outbreak that is linked to recalled Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This suit was filed in the State of Wisconsin Circuit Court in Eau Claire County. Their client lives in Eau Clare County, Wisconsin. The defendants are Del Monte Fresh Product, Inc., and Kwik Trip. Their client bought multiple Del Monte Vegetable Trays at a Kwik Trip in Eau Claire from May 14 through May 29, 2018. On May 30, 2018, she began suffering nausea and stomach pain. The next day, she suffered vomiting and diarrhea, which was debilitating. She visited her doctor on June 8, 2018. A stool sample yielded a positive test for Cyclospora the next day. She was prescribed an … [Read more...]

In Canada, Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to Include 61 Cases

In Canada, a Cyclospora outbreak has grown to include 61 cases. Health officials have not yet identified the food source of the outbreak, but imported produce is  suspected. A parasite native to tropical climates, Cyclospora is not commonly found in Canada or the U.S. Often illnesses are travel-related or linked to imported produce such as berries, salads greens, and peas. In this outbreak, the 61 cases were reported between May and July from: British Columbia (1), Alberta (2), Ontario (52), and Quebec (6). One person was hospitalized. The outbreak occurs as more than 150 British travelers to resorts in Cancun, Mexico picked up the parasite while vacationing and as Texas battles a Cyclospora outbreak for the fourth straight summer. A food source has not been identified, but the … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Canada Sickens 51

A Cyclospora outbreak in Canada has sickened 51 people in four provinces. An ongoing investigation by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada has not yet revealed the source of the outbreak. Cyclospora is a parasite native to tropical climates. Often, illnesses are associated with travel to tropical or suntropical countries and imported produce is usually the source of non-travel outbreaks in the U.S. or Canada. Recent U.S. outbreaks have been linked to cilantro and bagged salad mix. Other cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to raspberries, basil, blackberries, mesclun, and snap peas. In this outbreak, the 51 cases were reported between May and July from: British Columbia (1), Alberta (2), Ontario (44), and Quebec (4). One person … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Reappears in Texas

Texas has again been hit by a Cyclospora outbreak. Each year since 2013, produce contaminated with the parasite Cyclospora has sickened Texans during the summer months. Recently, more than a dozen cases of infections from the parasite have been reported in North Texas counties, according to NBC 5 in Dallas - Ft Worth. Illnesses have been reported from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties, according to the station. A food source has not yet been identified. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in subtropical climates. Symptoms of an infection form the parasite, called cyclosporiasis, include profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last for as long as 70 days. Other cyclosporiasis symptoms, which can also last 70 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, … [Read more...]

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