FDA issues advisory on imported basil

The product has potentially been linked to multiple cases of Cyclosporiasis in New York, and other states.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 11:05 AM

The FDA has issued a nationwide advisory on imported basil from Siga Logistics.

The product has potentially been linked to multiple cases of Cyclosporiasis in New York, and other states.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health has urged New Yorkers to not eat fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics.

The FDA is advising for those of you who have basil in their home that originated from this distributor to not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

The FDA is also urging retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell basil from the company until further notice.

Cyclosporisasis is a gastro-intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite. People get infected from eating food or water contaminated with it. Symptoms can last for one to two weeks, an even up to a month.

There were multiple cases in new york's capital region last month and this month.

Source: New York State Department of Health

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