July 1, 2021

FDA Releases Cyclospora Action Plan

Today, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan, outlining FDA’s strategy for diminishing Cyclospora cayetanensis-caused foodborne illness from domestic and imported fresh produce.

In response to recent outbreaks of cyclosporiasis and findings of Cyclospora, the FDA’s Cyclospora Task Force was created in 2019 and developed a Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan. The plan intends to act as a strategic guide for reducing the public health burden through three priority focus areas: improving prevention, enhancing response activities and filling knowledge gaps.

The New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint focuses on establishing a more digital, traceable and safer food system. This action plan is supported by the New Era priorities including advancing traceability and strengthening root cause analysis and predictive analytics.

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