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Stomach bug linked to salad at Olive Garden, Red Lobster

By Mary Clare Jalonick

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:34 p.m. HST, Aug 02, 2013

WASHINGTON » The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states and supplied by a Mexican farm.

The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states in all. The agency says it is working to determine whether the salad mix is the source of illnesses in the other 14 states.

"It is not yet clear whether the cases reported from other states are all part of the same outbreak," the agency said in a statement. "The investigation of increased cases of cyclosporiasis in other states continues."

The FDA traced illnesses from the restaurants to Taylor Farms de Mexico, a processor of food service salads.

The agency said its investigation has not implicated packaged salad sold in grocery stores.

The salad mix may be out of the commercial food chain as the most recent known illness in those two states was in Nebraska a month ago. The typical shelf life for a salad mix is up to 14 days.

There have been more recent illnesses in other states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most recent illness was July 23.

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1local wrote:
where's the food safety certification protection?
on August 2,2013 | 12:29PM
akuman808 wrote:
The republicans gutted food safety agency funding. Even the state has done the same locally. I think there are only 2 inspectors for the entire state to inspect food establishments and incoming produce.
on August 2,2013 | 01:14PM
allie wrote:
treu but Republicans hate America...especially the middle class and poor
on August 2,2013 | 01:20PM
cojef wrote:
Beg your pardon! Been a Republican since birth and we were dirt poor and elevated ouselves to the middle class. Have 2 hitches in the Army and also was a Department of Army civilian all before the summer 1951. Does my record indcate I hate America? What is your contribution to this Great Nation? Remember I am from "The Greatest Generation". What generation do you belong to? The hand-out generation, perhaps.
on August 2,2013 | 02:11PM
go4it wrote:
That is why salad is great for losing weight, it cleans you out. Why is everyone complaining. Folks pay a lot of money to loose weight, this weight loss was free.
on August 2,2013 | 02:02PM
john_zee wrote:
it figures that this came from mexico. living for now in socal, when there is a problem with food, it's almost always imported from mexico
on August 2,2013 | 03:21PM
Roosevelt wrote:
Tell mom it's dangerous to eat salads. Ever hear of getting food poisoning from French fries and Twinkies?
on August 2,2013 | 08:16PM
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