The FDA’s ongoing efforts to prevent foodborne outbreaks of Cyclospora

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. stated that the availability of new testing methods for Cyclospora played an important role in helping the FDA identify a number of positive samples this summer. This year the number of cyclosporiasis cases reported has increased. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 2,173 cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis have been recorded. Some of this increase is likely the result of improved public health monitoring, including better diagnostic tests. Many of the illnesses are linked to two very large produce-associated outbreaks. The first linked to Del Monte vegetable trays that resulted in 250 illnesses. The second outbreak was linked to McDonald’s salads contained romaine lettuce and carrot mix supplied by Fresh Express. It caused 511 Cyclospora illnesses. @
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the FDA’s ongoing efforts to prevent foodborne outbreaks of Cyclospora

he safety of the American food supply is one of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s highest priorities. A key part of our work in this space focuses on implementing the principles and measures of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The actions directed by FSMA are designed to prevent foodborne illness and food safety problems from happening.

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