USA Today is reporting that the latest link of cyclospora which, at the latest, have cases reported in Iowa and Nebraska has been linked to a Mexican supplier that supplies a salad mix to popular chain restaurants such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.
So far, there have been 400 cases of cyclospora infection spread across 16 states.
One of the biggest supplier of salad mixes is a company called Taylor Farms. Taylor Farms is an American producer of various vegetables located in Salinas Valley. Taylor Farms have subsidiaries located in Mexico, but none have made any connection to this Cyclospora outbreak.
FDA reported no issues in 2011 in Taylor Farms, however the contamination could have occurred after the inspection. Taylor farms have stated that they are cooperating fully with all FDA requests.
Iowa officials and Nebraska officials have stated that they do not believe that salad mixes are still contaminated in the food supply. The last reported cases were found in July 1 in Iowa and in July 2 in Nebraska. Due to the short shelf life of salad mixes, the contaminated salad mixes may have been eliminated from the food supply already.
FDA and the CDC have stated that they will continue to investigate this cyclospora outbreak.
If you think you may have been infected by the cyclospora virus, see a doctor immediately. Not only can a doctor prescribe medicine to help with the symptoms, but it can also provide FDA and the CDC with more information about the cyclospora virus and ultimately lead them to the original cause.