Critters In Your Salad!

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Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging food-borne parasitic pathogen that has been reported in many outbreaks in the U.S. since the 1990s. Human infection occurs when food or water contaminated with sporulated oocysts is consumed by the host.  The food items implicated in these food infections are imported fresh produce such as: raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesculin lettuce. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) published detailed food safety recommendations for growers and suppliers: “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”. The CDC monitors the occurrence of cyclosporiasis and helps state health departments identify and investigate cyclosporiasis outbreaks to prevent additional cases of illness. Thorough washing of vegetables and fruits, especially those used in salads is strongly recommended.

2 Responses to “Critters In Your Salad!”

  1. ssookhaimahadeo

    Thank you for this! Now I actually have a scientific reason NOT to eat my salad! :)Please do not let the kids know! This is a very informative and educational post. Washing of hands has become the latest watch-words of maintaining good health.. This is a good reminder that we also have to carefully wash our fruits and vegetables.

  2. bsartor

    Great information! While we can control the food we prepare ourselves, we can never know what a restaurant does to ensure what we order is safe! One would think that Olive Garden and Red Lobster would wash, wash, wash the salad ingredients!!!


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