Sumary of FDA tackles prevalence of Cyclospora infections with new action plan:
- The Food and Drug Administration unveiled the plan yesterday, July 1, referencing the first known contamination in U.S..
- However, a statement issued with the plan does not mention a recall initiated this past week by Dole involving domestic blueberries found to be contaminated with the parasite..
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there have been roughly 6,000 domestically-acquired cases of cyclosporiasis during the past three years..
- Before 2018 in the United States only imported fresh produce had been found to be contaminated with the parasite..
- Another factor in the increased number of positive tests in foreign and domestic produce is a special program the FDA implemented in 2018..
- cayetanensis (the parasite that causes infection in humans) was first found in domestically grown produce, cilantro, during a 2018 surveillance sampling assignment not associated with an outbreak,”.
- cayetanensis was again detected during an outbreak linked to a bagged salad mix used by McDonald restaurants made with ingredients that primarily came from domestic growers.”.
- The plan task force comprises multidisciplinary experts across FDA and CDC with the goal of reducing the public health burden of foodborne illness caused by Cyclospora in produce….