WASHINGTON — Cases of Cyclosporiasis reported in Texas are not connected to salad mix products from Taylor Farms de Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined.
A widespread outbreak has sickened 610 and resulted in 43 hospitalizations, according to the C.D.C.
Click to enlarge the map of reported cases as of Aug. 23 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The cases come from 22 states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York (including New York City), Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Investigations in Iowa and Nebraska concluded the infections in those states were linked to a salad mix that Taylor Farms de Mexico supplied Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States. Yet on Aug. 25, Taylor Farms resumed production and shipment with approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after assessments of the company’s facilities determined conditions and practices were in line with food safety standards.
The cases in Texas are different from the ones in Iowa and Nebraska, and investigators have interviewed those who became sick in Texas about what they ate during the time period of the infection. The interviews found a group of people who all reported eating at the same restaurant. Further analysis of the individuals and what they ate is ongoing.
The first cases of infection were reported to the C.D.C. on June 28, and the number of infections has steadily grown.