The FDA Just Banned Cilantro—Here's Why

Dana Covit

Upsetting news for Taco Tuesday enthusiasts: Mexican imports of everyone's favorite leafy topping have been officially banned by the FDA following years of repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. The disease, which is caused by a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis and can cause intestinal illness with flu-like symptoms, has been linked to cilantro grown on farms in the town of Puebla, Mexico.

In investigating the link, the FDA found eight of the 11 cilantro farms to be in dire condition, stating that handwashing and bathroom facilities were either inadequately maintained or entirely absent. The details of the finding are pretty stomach-turning.

If you're thinking there's no way to go on, don't worry: Plenty of imported cilantro comes from other countries, or even California. Just be sure to check the country of origin printed on the packaging.

Uh-oh! Will you be sad to say goodbye to cilantro for a little while? Tell us in the comments.

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