A Cyclospora outbreak that occurred in June has led to the sickening of more than 375 people in a total of fifteen states. The outbreak is thought to have resulted from a prepackaged salad mix that has now expired. This report was presented by the lead food inspector of Iowa. The inspector said that according to the evidence provided, the salad mix in question contained romaine lettuce, iceberg, red cabbage, and carrots. However, Iowa residents could continue consuming the salads purchased before the prepackaged mix implicated was removed from the food supply chain. No word has been given on the brand associated with the salad mix and the location or origin of the salad.
The case in Iowa is an indication that food safety should be an issue of national concern. It is essential for governments to ensure that rules and regulations that promote food safety are followed. The regulations in question should be applied and adhered to by food processing, manufacturing, and production companies. Food safety practices should be taken into consideration at every step involved in food production. Some of the key steps in question include harvesting, processing, packaging, preservation, and transportation. It is essential to use effective and appropriate food processing techniques to ensure that the final food product is safe and clean for consumption. Promoting food safety would lead to a positive economic impact. In cases of outbreak such as the Hepatitis A that occurred in June, thorough investigations should be conducted to establish the root cause of the outbreak and prevent future outbreaks from occurring. Following an investigation that was conducted following the Hepatitis A outbreak, eighty percent of case patients were found to have consumed the salad mix.