New testing protocols include sampling of products and water and continued monitoring of the sanitary conditions of the facilities, the FDA update said.
As of Aug. 23, the CDC reported 610 people with confirmed cyclospora infections in 22 states. No deaths have been reported, but 43 people have been admitted to hospitals. More than half of the cases are in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas, with those states reporting 156 cases, 86 cases and 258 cases respectively.
However, the CDC reports preliminary analysis of a “cluster of cases that are at a Texas restaurant does not show a connection to Taylor Farms de Mexico.” Iowa and Nebraska health officials linked illnesses in their states to salad mix at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants that was supplied by the Taylor Farms de Mexico facility.
“The findings in Texas differ from those from earlier investigations in Iowa and Nebraska,” according to the CDC update.
“It is not unusual to recognize outbreaks that happen in the same season but are due to different foods. For example, during a several-month period in 1997, there were three separate and unrelated outbreaks of cyclosporiasis caused by different fresh produce items from various sources.”