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, 2015, with the agency’s action linked to annually recurring outbreaks of cyclosporiasis. According to FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials have identified annually recurring outbreaks (in 2012, 2013, and 2014) of cyclosporiasis in the U.S. associated with fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla. CDC has reported that, as of last August, 304 people were sickened in the 2014 outbreak. About 210 people in Texas have reportedly been sickened so far this year. In 2013, a cyclosporiasis outbreak linked to imported salad mix and fresh cilantro sickened 631 people in 25 states. There has been an ongoing outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the U.S. since May, and the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have identified cilantro from Puebla as a suspect vehicle with respect to separate illness clusters, FDA stated.
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