The Cyclospora outbreak linked to imported basil has hit Minnesota hard, sickening at least 35 people who ate at restaurants in Duluth, Hermantown, and Rochester. About 27 percent of all cases reported so far in the 11-state outbreak occurred in Minnesota.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last updated the case totals on July 24. At that time, here’s the number of illnesses each state was reporting : CT (1), FL (22), GA (2), IA (2), MA (1), MN (29), NY (69), OH (3), RI (1), SC (1), and WI (1). “The number of cases in Minnesota has already increased since then and I am sure totals from other states will rise before this outbreak ends,” says food safety attorney Fred Pritzker. The food safety lawyers at Pritzker Hageman law firm have represented more clients in recent large-scale Cyclospora outbreaks than any other firm in the U.S.
All 35 Cyclospora cases reported in Minnesota were linked to restaurant food. Twenty-six are associated with City Market in Rochester, four are associated with Outback Steakhouse in Hermantown, and five are associated with meals catered by Duluth Grill.
Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico is the exporter that supplied the basil to affected stores and restaurants in the U.S., according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency requested that the company issue a recall of the basil and Siga complied. The Siga recall prompted Publix to issue a recall for sue a recall and Siga complied. This recall prompted Publix to issue a recall for Rock Garden organic basil.
The recalled basil should not be eaten as Cyclospora can cause serious illness. Consumers, restaurants and retailers who have purchased basil imported from Mexico should not use it until they check recall information carefully.
Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause an infection called cyclosporiasis when ingested. Symptoms include profuse diarrhea that is often explosive and watery, abdominal cramps, nausea, headache, fatigue, weight loss and other flu-like symptoms. See a doctor if you have these symptoms, a stool sample test can confirm if you have a Cyclospora infection.
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