ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Olive Garden lettuce and Red Lobster lettuce 2013 tainted with cyclospora has been traced to Taylor Farms de Mexico. Olive Garden and Red Lobster lettuce, namely a salad mix, served in some restaurants was tainted with an outbreak of a diarrheal disease, a cyclospora infection. Officials now have determined that the salad was produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico, a subsidiary of Taylor Farms of Salinas.
The FDA in its latest news update about the Olive Garden lettuce and Red Lobster lettuce problem 2013 indicates that it was not a national issue. Rather, sixteen states were impacted. The FDA found that the lettuce was used by Olive Garden and Red Lobster in those sixteen states. The lettuce specifically was sold to the restaurants as a salad mix featuring iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage.
The problem has not struck all Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. The lettuce never was available in U.S. supermarkets. And the supply of the salad mix is currently out of distribution to Olive Garden and Red Lobster going forward. Moreover, the salad mix was only produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico and not by its parent Taylor Farms of Salinas.
Taylor Farms proudly told news this week “Bagged salad is safe to eat” claiming that it has an “an exceptional food safety record.”
Day ago, the FDA was under fire for failing to release the company’s name. “I wish they would release the name for a couple of reasons, even if it’s not on the shelf anymore. Until the Food and Drug Administration visits the farms, visits and investigates and figures out how this occurred, you may want to stay away from that product,” said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News medical editor at the time. For continuing coverage of other health news, click HERE.