Production Halted on Salad Mix Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak


A California company has voluntarily suspended production of salad mix at its Mexico processing facility after the mix was linked to an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska.

Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms announced Monday that Taylor Farms de Mexico has stopped production of salad mix and leafy greens at its facility. Production has been shifted to crops and processing facilities in the United States.

Company officials say the move allows the Mexican branch to assist federal authorities in their investigation into the cyclospora outbreak.

Cyclospora is a parasite that contaminates food, usually from coming in contact with fecal matter. Symptoms include diarrhea lasting several weeks, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, intestinal gas, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and low-grade fever.

The Food and Drug Administration says cases of the illness in Nebraska and Iowa have been linked to local Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants that are supplied by Taylor Farms de Mexico.

The company says it continues to be confident in its Mexico operation.