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.
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
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.