SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

FDA announces results of investigation into cyclospora outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration collaborated with the Mexican government and authorities of Taylor Farms de Mexico to conduct a thorough investigation of a Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska.

The outbreak began this summer; the last known case was reported on July 2 and traced to leafy greens from Olive Gardens and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska. Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster are owned by Darden Restaurants, which gets its salad mix and greens from Taylor Farms de Mexico.

The investigation began on August 11 after Taylor Farms' voluntarily ceased production on August 9. The investigators found that the conditions of the facility were in compliance with food safety protocols. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Taylor Farms approval to continue operations on Sunday, but further investigation is underway.

Further investigations will observe the sanitary conditions of a variety of the farm's products and water quality. The testing will be conducted by federal, state and local organizations.

Clyclospora infections lead to severe diarrhea. Infection is caused by a single-celled organism, called Cyclospora cayetanensis, usually found on fresh produce.