Caused by the cyclospora parasite, cyclosporiasis infects people through contaminated food or water. Previously documented outbreaks have been associated with salad mix, fresh herbs (cilantro and basil), and berries (fresh and frozen). Fresh produce can also be affected through irrigation with contaminated water.
Cyclospora is known to have a complex life cycle that makes transmission from an infected food handler unlikely. Washing fresh produce may help but cannot eliminate the risk for infection. Though the Health Department has assured us that this parasite did not originate in a restaurant, restaurants are still advised to continue proper food safety practices.
Symptoms or suspected contamination sources should also be reported to 1-866-PUBHLTH (782-4584). More information about the cyclospora parasite can also be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health website:
About the Georgia Restaurant Association
The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $16.5 billion which provides more than 405,800 jobs. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia.
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