Cyclospora cayetanensis

Research funded by the Center for Produce Safety is looking for a cost-effective method to detect Cyclospora in irrigation water, including a paper-based in-field water test.

The project seeks to use short strands of synthesized DNA, or aptamers, to bind to the target of interest — in this case, Cyclospora’s

Continue Reading Project looks for cost-effective ways to monitor Cyclospora in agricultural water

Cyclospora, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium have been detected in berries sold in Norway.

Researchers said findings show the need for a system to ensure the parasitological safety of fresh berries.

Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries were tested for Echinococcus multilocularis, Toxoplasma gondii, Cyclospora cayetanensis and Cryptosporidium.

Raspberries were the most contaminated followed
Continue Reading Study reveals parasites in berries; scientists say new protection system needed

Likely as not, there is someone out there who practiced every pandemic precaution only to become infected with Cyclospora in the past month. The small intestine infection usually announces itself with frequent watery and sometimes explosive diarrhea and bowel movements.

In the past month, an additional 402 cases of “domestically
Continue Reading Parasite causes illnesses to spike, but they’ve not been connected to recalls

For the second time in as many years, the Fresh Express processing plant in Streamwood, IL, is implicated in a Cyclospora outbreak. Two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of the Cyclospora parasite in a lettuce and carrot mix distributed to McDonald’s from the Streamwood, IL
Continue Reading Another Cyclospora outbreak from Fresh Express’s Illinois processing facility

Fresh Express, the same produce company implicated in a parasitic outbreak and recalls of bagged salad in the U.S., has initiated a nationwide recall of a dozen of it’s products in Canada.

No one in Canada has been confirmed ill with infections caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite in relation
Continue Reading Fresh Express launches nationwide salad recall in Canada for cyclospora

Foodborne illness is finally back in the news in a big way.

Six Midwestern states are reporting 76 Cyclospora infections with 16 hospitalizations and consumers are warned not to eat and retailers order not to sell ALDI, Hy-Vee, or Jewel-Osco Garden Salad brands.

Illness onset dates for the Cyclospora are
Continue Reading Garden salads sold in Midwest stores are spreading Cyclospora infections

A quarterly report from the FDA shows contamination in some domestic and imported herbs and guacamole.

Such special testing programs by the FDA are ongoing for a variety of foods, including romaine lettuce.

No conclusions can be drawn at this time, according to the report from the Food and Drug
Continue Reading FDA testing finds pathogens in domestic, imported herbs and avocado products latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,”
Continue Reading Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion