Category Archives: Protozoan

USA – Fresh Organic Basil Recalled Over Cyclospora Contamination Concerns

Consumer Reports


Shenandoah Growers has recalled 3,240 units of fresh-cut, packaged organic basil because it may be contaminated with the parasite cyclospora.

The problem was found when a sample of the basil, which was imported from Columbia, was found to contain the parasite during a Food and Drug Administration routine test. No illnesses have been reported.

USA – Organic Basil,15 bags – Cyclospora



Product Description: Organic Basil,15 bags, Net. Wt.15Lbs case.

Reason for Recall:Possible contamination with Cyclospora

Product Quantity:280 boxes/4200 pounds

Recall Number:F-0185-2021

Code Information:Lot#LP814

Classification:Class II

Event Details

Event ID:86877

Voluntary / Mandated:

Voluntary: Firm initiated

Product Type:Food

Initial Firm Notification of Consignee or Public:Two or more of the following: Email, Fax, Letter, Press Release, Telephone, Visit


Distribution Pattern:Distributed to direct accounts in VA and FL

Recalling Firm:Vallarta Organics LLC

1 S Prospect Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33133-7003
United States

Recall Initiation Date:11/27/2020

Center Classification Date:12/22/2020

USA – 1071 sick with Cyclospora linked to Fresh Express bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage

Food Poison Journal


As of November 4, 2020, 370 confirmed cases of Cyclospora illness were reported in the following provinces and territories: British Columbia (1), Ontario (255), Quebec (105), New Brunswick (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (6), and Nunavut (2). Individuals became sick between mid-May and late August 2020. Ten individuals were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Individuals who became ill were between 0 and 83 years of age. The illnesses are distributed equally among men (50%) and women (50%).

USA – Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk from Maine Farm

Maine Gov


Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in individuals who consumed unpasteurized/raw milk from Roux Farm in Shapleigh, Maine, within the last two months. Epidemiologists identified at least four individuals who became ill and tested positive for cryptosporidiosis. Anyone who consumed raw milk (regular or any flavor) from Roux Farm produced before October 18, 2020, may be at elevated risk of cryptosporidiosis. Raw milk from the farm was sold through a variety of stores in the state.

Advisory (PDF)

Ireland -Irish authorities probe salad link in Cryptosporidium outbreak

Food Safety News

Officials in Ireland are investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidium linked to a salad that has affected more than 40 people.

The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Department of Public Health East was notified of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the Dublin and Wicklow area. To date, 42 cases have been notified; with the onset of symptoms occurring over a 14 day period from July 15.

A food alert was issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and certain batches of mixed salad leaves were withdrawn.

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The FSAI was notified by the HSE of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis. An outbreak control team is in place and the investigation is ongoing. Many lines of inquiry are being followed up to identify and control the source of the outbreak, according to the agency.


USA -In Association with Fresh Express Inc., ALDI Voluntarily Recalls Little Salad Bar Garden Salad

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Company Announcement

In cooperation with Fresh Express Inc., and out of an abundance of caution, ALDI has removed Little Salad Bar Garden Salad from select stores as a precautionary measure due to possible Cyclospora infection.

The recall affects all product codes of ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salads with use-by dates of May 16 to July 04 and distributed in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin between May 1 and June 19.

If customers have the affected Little Salad Bar Garden Salad, they should discard it immediately.

Customers with additional questions can contact Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 Monday – Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

ALDI sincerely regrets any inconvenience and concern this voluntary recall may cause.


USA – Nearly 600 sickened by Cyclospora since May – over 200 by Mexican Basil

Food Poison Journal

The number of reported cases of domestically acquired illnesses caused by cyclospora has increased from the previous month and remains elevated in the United States since May 1, 2019.

As of July 23, 2019, 580 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported to CDC by 30 states, District of Columbia and New York City in people who became ill since May 1, 2019 and who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset.

At this time, multiple clusters of cases associated with different restaurants or events are being investigated by state public health authorities, CDC, and FDA.

One multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections has been linked to fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico . It is unknown at this time if other reported cases of Cyclospora infection in the United States this season are linked to fresh basil.

USA – Basil Cyclospora Outbreak Has Sickened 205 in 11 States

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The FDA has updated the basil cyclospora outbreak that has now sickened at least 205 people in 11 states. That’s an increase of 73 patients since the last update which was posted on July 25, 2019. Five people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The basil in question is imported from Mexico by Siga Logistics de RL de CV from Morelos. That facility recalled basil on July 24, 2019.

USA – Cyclospora Outbreak in Boston Sickens More Than 80 People

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A cyclospora outbreak in the Boston area has sickened more than 80 people since May 2019, according to news reports. Dr. Larry Maddoff, medical director for the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told Boston 25 News about this outbreak.

Information – Annual snapshot of foodborne illnesses shows Cyclospora spike

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In its annual report summing up the latest trends with pathogens that are common sources of foodborne illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the incidence of most illnesses increased in 2018, especially Cyclospora infections.

A team from the CDC and partners in 10 states that are part of the FoodNet surveillance network looked at levels for 2018 and compared them with levels for 2015 through 2017. The pathogens they tracked included CampylobacterCryptosporidiumCyclosporaListeriaSalmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), ShigellaVibrio, and Yersinia. They published their findings today in the latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In preliminary findings for 2018, the FoodNet system flagged 25,606 infections, 5,893 hospitalizations, and 120 deaths. They note that the incidence for most infections is rising, including Campylobacter and Salmonella. However, they added an important caveat that some of the increase might be partly due to the increased use of culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs), which can identify pathogens not regularly found by other testing methods — complicating data interpretation.