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Cilantro blamed in E. coli outbreak despite negative lab results

An E. coli outbreak this past summer in Chicago that sickened more than 100 people was likely caused by fresh cilantro, according to the city’s final outbreak report, even though no food from the implicated restaurant tested positive for the pathogen. The report from the Chicago Department of Public Health, obtained through a Freedom of… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases drop after FDA monitors Mexican cilantro

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with illness onset… Continue Reading

CDC: Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Mexican Cilantro Sickened 546 People

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the recent Cyclospora outbreak sickened 546 people from 31 states from May to August. The numbers of reported cases in the U.S. have returned to baseline levels, the agency noted. CDC stated that epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted in Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia by… Continue Reading

North Carolina Produce Dealer Sues Supplier of Mexican-Grown Cilantro

A Wilmington, NC-based produce dealer known as Farmer’s Friend is suing Don Hugo Produce Inc., its Texas supplier of cilantro from farms in Puebla, Mexico. The litigation was brought because that Mexican cilantro has been contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite which has caused the diarrheal illness known as cyclosporiasis for each of the past four seasons…. Continue Reading

Update: 9 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case in Seattle E. Coli Outbreak

Update: The E. coli O157 outbreak in the Seattle area linked to Mexican food served at farmers markets and from food trucks is now at nine confirmed and one probable case, according to King County Public Health. The source of the problem has not yet been found. Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for the department, told Food… Continue Reading

83 Cases of Cyclospora Infection Reported in Canada

According to a public health notice issued Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate 83 cases of Cyclospora infection in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. A total of 83 cases have been reported in British… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 384 Cyclospora Cases in 26 States Linked to Cilantro

According to an update posted Tuesday, August 4, 2015, as of August 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been notified of 384 ill persons with confirmed Cyclospora infection from 26 states so far this year. Most of them (226 people, or 59 percent) experienced the onset of illness on or after May 1, 2015, and did… Continue Reading

Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

Texas Searching for Common Source for 182 Cyclosporiasis Illnesses

This summer’s surge in reports of illnesses due to the parasite Cyclospora in Texas has prompted health officials in the Lone Star State to go looking for a common source. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has received reports of 182 Cyclosporiasis cases from around the state this year. Last year, 200 Cyclospora… Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness… Continue Reading