Americans are getting sick in mass numbers and it is all because of Mexicans. The FDA just reported Mexican field workers are defecating (pooping) in the fields, and WE ARE EATING IT!
The FDA reports:
“From 2013 to 2015, FDA, SENASICA, and COFEPRIS inspected 11 farms and packing houses that produce cilantro in the state of Puebla, 5 of them linked to the US C. cayetanensis illnesses, and observed objectionable conditions at 8 of them, including all five of the firms linked through traceback to the U.S. illnesses. Conditions observed at multiple such firms in the state of Puebla included human feces and toilet paper found in growing fields and around facilities; inadequately maintained and supplied toilet and hand washing facilities (no soap, no toilet paper, no running water, no paper towels) or a complete lack of toilet and hand washing facilities; food-contact surfaces (such as plastic crates used to transport cilantro or tables where cilantro was cut and bundled) visibly dirty and not washed; and water used for purposes such as washing cilantro vulnerable to contamination from sewage/septic systems. In addition, at one such firm, water in a holding tank used to provide water to employees to wash their hands at the bathrooms was found to be positive for C. cayetanensis. Based on those joint investigations, FDA considers that the most likely routes of contamination of fresh cilantro are contact with the parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans affecting the growing fields, harvesting, processing or packing activities or contamination with the parasite through contaminated irrigation water, contaminated crop protectant sprays, or contaminated wash waters…”
If you have ever been infected by the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite, you know that it can be serious. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms can occur as well.
205 cases of Cyclosporiasis have been reported in Texas alone this year. Last year, Texas had an outbreak of 200 cases, some of which were also associated with cilantro from the Puebla region in Mexico.
The FDA is partially banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, but not fully. The ban will only affect certain shipments of fresh cilantro from Puebla from April through August. The summer ban will continue in future years unless a company can prove to health authorities that its product is safe.
If you need to buy cilantro, ask your grocer about the origin of the cilantro sold in stores and thoroughly wash all fresh produce.
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