Salad Mix Production Halted After Stomach Bug Outbreak

A company has voluntarily halted production of salad mix at a facility in Mexico linked to a stomach bug outbreak in two states.

In this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, reveals the presence of four Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts in the field of view. Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday, July 30, 2013, that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. (AP Photo/Centerd for Disease Control and Prevention)

DES MOINES, Iowa (August 12, 2013)-Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms announced Monday it has voluntarily suspended production of salad mix at a Mexico processing facility that has been linked to an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska.

The company said Monday that Taylor Farms de Mexico has stopped production of salad mix and leafy greens at its facility and 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 cyclosporiasis outbreak.

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.


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