Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

July 28, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area.

The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31, 2015, with the agency’s action linked to annually recurring outbreaks of cyclosporiasis.

According to FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials have identified annually recurring outbreaks (in 2012, 2013, and 2014) of cyclosporiasis in the U.S. associated with fresh…