The FDA and CDC have linked a multistate outbreak of cyclospora illnesses to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico. The company has agreed to voluntarily recall the product.
The investigation is still ongoing, though, CDC's analysis of epidemilogic information indicates that contaminated fresh basil is likely the cause of the illnesses. Meanwhile, FDA's traceback investigation indicates that the fresh basil available at points of sale where consumers became ill was exported by Siga Logistics.
The agency has increased import screening on basil and will continue to investigate the cause and source of the outbreak.
Consumers are urged to not buy, eat or serve any fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV. If they cannot determine the source of the basil, they should avoid it.