FDA issues update on multi-state cyclosporiasis outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on Monday that a company implicated in the multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis voluntarily suspended production of its products until it receives approval from the FDA.

On Friday, Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended the production and shipment of any salad mix, salad mix components or leafy greens from its operations in Mexico to the U.S. The firm committed to not resume production and shipping of the products from its operations in Mexico without the approval of the FDA.

Taylor Farms' salad mix was implicated in the outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Nebraska and Iowa. As of Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 535 cases of infection with the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite, which causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. Cases were reported in Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, Kansas, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, Arkansas and Wisconsin.

Cyclosporiasis typically causes watery diarrhea, frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, weight loss, increased gas, bloating, fatigue and nausea. If not treated, the illness can last between a few days and longer than a month.

Taylor Farms is cooperating with the FDA in its investigation and the company will hold off on the production and shipping of carrots, green cabbage, red cabbage, green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and iceberg lettuce.