• FDA: Fresh basil from Mexico linked to outbreak of intestinal illness

    By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    Fresh basil from Mexico is linked to an outbreak of an intestinal illness affecting 200 people in 11 states across the country. 

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    Five people were hospitalized after eating basil from Siga Logistics de RL de CV, from Morelos, Mexico, according to the Food and Drug Administration

    The illness, cyclospora cayetanensis, is a type of parasite transmitted from infected feces. It takes about a week to see symptoms, which include diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea.

    Georgia, Florida, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts are among the states where cases have been reported. 

    Siga Logistics de RL de CV previously recalled the basil July 24. Food safety officials recommend consumers throw away any basil from Mexico. 

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