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Top food safety stories include regs, recalls, respects this year

Editor’s Note:  The Food Safety News list of the year’s most significant news is compiled annually by our writers and editors. The list for 2017 is not led by any one or two blockbuster food safety stories, but it also won’t be quickly forgotten. It was a year when there was finally a climax to… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases through the roof; CDC can’t find source

Previous outbreaks were traced to fresh produce, ranging from imported cilantro to berries

Almost 1,000 people in the United States have contracted infections from  Cyclospora parasites since May 1. Health officials are baffled, saying they haven’t been able to discover the source of the microscopic creatures, which infect humans via contaminated food and/or water. There were 988 laboratory-confirmed victims in the ongoing outbreak, spread across 40 states, as… Continue Reading

Texas advisory on Cyclospora suggests produce as source

Texas officials are investigating an increasing number of Cyclospora parasite infections, asking for help from health care providers and warning the public that fresh produce is the possible source. As of Thursday, 72 cases had been confirmed in the state, said Press Officer Christine Mann. That’s up from the 55 cases reported Monday in a… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 160 Cyclospora-Caused Illnesses Reported in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating an outbreak of at least 160 cases of Cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora that can cause prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The department has identified at least 160 cases this year, including a surge of reported cases beginning in mid-June…. Continue Reading

Cyclospora Outbreak Reaches 202 Cases; More Than Half are in Texas

Just like last summer, illnesses involving prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis are spreading across the country from Texas. Public health officials suspect the parasite is riding into the United States on contaminated fresh produce grown in Mexico for the U.S. market. They just don’t yet know the… Continue Reading

Texas Reports Big Spike in Cyclosporiasis Cases

Public health officials in Tarrant County, Texas, which includes the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington areas, are investigating a sudden surge in Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by a parasite that can be ingested via contaminated food or water. The statewide number of cases hit 61 in the past month, with eight of them being in Tarrant County…. Continue Reading

CDC: Not All Cyclospora Cases Linked to Taylor Farms de Mexico

In a Monday update on the nationwide Cyclospora outbreak from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency stated that not all of the more than 600 current cases reported in 22 states and New York City are directly related to each other. Many of the recent cases have been reported from… Continue Reading

Nationwide Tally For Cyclospora Cases Now at 618

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported seven more Cyclospora infections on Tuesday, boosting its outbreak total to 598. The number of affected states rose to 22, with the latest illness onset listed as July 31. In its latest update, CDC stated that most of the cases were reported from mid-June through mid-July…. Continue Reading