1438173817cilantroATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  CNN is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a ban  on some cilantro imported from Mexico after an investigation to determine the cause of hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the United States dating back to 2012.

Since that year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state public health officials, have identified hundreds of outbreaks of Cyclosporiasis in the United States associated with fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, the FDA said Monday.

Cyclosporiasis is an infection with the microscopic Cyclospora cayetanensis, a pathogen transmitted by feces or feces-contaminated fresh produce and water. Symptoms typically appear a week after ingestion and may include diarrhea and vomiting.

This may come as a big disappointment to many Americans who only buy organic produce from their favorite supermarket.  However, it seems to confirm the results of a 2014 study conducted by the University of Minnesota.  That study, published in the Journal of Food Protection, concluded that the prevalence of E. coli was significantly higher in organic produce and supports the idea that organic produce is more susceptible to fecal contamination.

Both the FDA and the CDC are urging cilantro-loving Americans to make sure that their burritos and chile rellenos are not being served with a side of feces.  Alternatively, consumers are encouraged to grow their own cilantro in their backyard or patios.

The Adobo Chronicles® apologizes to our readers who may experience vomiting or diarrhea as a result of this news item. Your safety is very important to us.

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