Some Mexican Cilantro Banned, Blamed for Parasite Outbreak

07/27/2015 AT 09:00 PM EDT

Cilantro grown in the Mexican state of Puebla was placed under a partial ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday after it was linked with hundreds of cases of food poisoning throughout the U.S. The ban lasts through Aug. 30.

According to an FDA report, inspections of certain Puebla, Mexico, farms between 2013 and 2015 revealed human feces and toilet paper in the growing fields, hand-washing facilities that lacked soap or running water, and in some instances a lack of toilets or hand-washing facilities altogether. As a result, any cilantro passing into the U.S. from Puebla won't be admitted without inspection and certification.

Researchers have identified outbreaks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 of cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, which is transmitted via human feces and which causes digestive distress. There is currently an ongoing outbreak, with most of the cases being reported in Texas.

Dallas' KXAS News advises shoppers to ask if cilantro was grown in the state of Puebla and then to thoroughly wash it when they get it home.



Bloomberg News reports that Mexican food chains such as Chipotle and Taco Bell get their cilantro from California growers and therefore aren't affected by the ban.
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