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Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigations — United States, 2021

The CDC reported that it could not find the common source for this year’s outbreak of Cyclosporiasis. The number of reported cases of domestically acquired Cyclosporiasis illnesses has increased by 254 to 462 laboratory-confirmed cases since the last update on July 14, 2021. Cases continue to be reported to CDC. Illness onset has been reported to CDC by 29 jurisdictions, including 28 states and New York City. At least 41 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. @ https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/2021/seasonal/index.html#states

CDC and federal, state, and local public health partners are investigating an increase in reported cases of Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis). Reports of cases tend to increase during summer months in the United States.

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BrightFarms Expanded its recall of packaged salad greens to include baby spinach

According to the FDA, BrightFarms extended its recall of salad greens to include BrightFarms branded Fresh Baby Spinach from the American marketplace due to suspected Salmonella contamination. The recall expansion included packaged salad greens past the expiration date. It was produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan due to potential contamination  Salmonella. The recalled products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with “best by” dates through 7/26/2021. The products were sold by retailers listed in the July 15 recall notice. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/brightfarms-announces-voluntary-recall-expansion-packaged-salad-greens-sold-illinois-wisconsin-iowa

BrightFarms today initiated a voluntary recall expansion of additional packaged salad greens that are past expiration date and were produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

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Greater Omaha packing recalled raw beef products due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Greater Omaha Packing (Omaha, Nebraska) recalled approximately 295,236 pounds of raw beef products intended for non-intact use that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The raw beef products intended for non-intact use were produced on July 13, 2021. These items were distributed to further processors in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The problem was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample that confirmed positive for the presence of E. coli O157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. @ https://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/greater-omaha-packing-recalls-raw-beef-products-due-possible-e.-coli-o157h7

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Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues recalled dog food products due to elevated levels of Aflatoxin

The FDA reported that Sunshine Mills, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of certain products due to potentially elevated Aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit. The recalled products include certain lots of Triumph®, Evolve®, Wild Harvest®, Nurture Farms®, Pure Being®, and Elm. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement. The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally. There is concern that consumers may have unused portions of the recalled products in their homes because of their long shelf life. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/sunshine-mills-inc-issues-voluntary-recall-certain-products-due-potentially-elevated-levels?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain products due to potentially elevated levels of Aflatoxin above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. No