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CDC and FDA try to contain Cyclosporiasis Outbreak

Aug 26, 2015 11:11 PM EDT

Over the course of Cyclosporiasis outbreak in the previous months which resulted to 495 reported cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of Aug 21, 2015. The cases spread as much as 29 states in U.S. alone, as investigations are still on-going and inconclusive yet, the strongest possible source of the outbreak is the cilantro that was shipped from Puebla, Mexico.

Shipments of fresh produce from Puebla are currently under close watch, if not banned from entering the U.S. border. However, products from other states of Mexico are considered safe. FDA inspection on 11 farms found poor sanitary conditions such as fecal matter and soiled toiletries and restrooms with neither running water nor toiletries.

These outbreaks have been happening repeatedly over the years (2012, 2013 and 2014) and were all linked to imported fresh produce. Currently, the infection was clustered in the states of Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia and investigations are still ongoing. The joint forces of the FDA and the CDC, together with the government of Mexico's SENASICA and COFEPRIS, is maintaining and regulating safety controls for fresh produce for both countries has been implemented. It includes a system for risk production and export controls. Just this year FDA issued a framework of import controls without invasive examination of shipments of produce within a certain period of time (April 1 to August 31) stating this year and to be continued for the ensuing years, as this is usually the season for the previous Cyclosporiasis outbreak.

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