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FDA investigates 132 Cyclospora illnesses linked to fresh basil, 35 in Minnesota

This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the U.S. Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik, File
This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the U.S. Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md.

Updated: July 26, 2019 02:04 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses that have been potentially linked to fresh basil, including several cases in Minnesota.

A release from the FDA states it is believed the basil is exported by Siga Logistics De RL de CV out of Morelos, Mexico. 

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The FDA requested the company issue a voluntary recall and the company has agreed. 

There have been a total of 132 illnesses, with four hospitalizations, according to the FDA. States with reported cases include Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Department of Health said 35-lab confirmed cases in Minnesota have been associated with three restaurant outbreaks that have implicated basil:

  • City Market in Rochester has 26 lab-confirmed cases
  • Outback Steakhouse in Hermantown has four lab-confirmed cases
  • Meals catered by Duluth Grill at a conference in Duluth have five lab-confirmed cases

MDH said the restaurants aren't at fault for the illnesses, the contaminated imported basil is the cause of the cases. None of the cases in Minnesota have resulted in hospitalizations.

The department also said it has no evidence of ongoing risk at the restaurants involved in the outbreaks.

The FDA suggests consumers avoid basil from Mexico if they cannot determine whether the basil is from Siga Logistics De RL de CV. The administration also suggests consumers do not consume pesto or salad that may include fresh basil. 

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