(May 27) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just months after a scare over hepatitis A outbreaks associated with green onions served in restaurants in several states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into new reports of foodborne illness involving basil and mesclun/spring mix in Illinois and Texas.

The FDA announced May 21 that two outbreak clusters of cyclosporiasis, a gastrointestinal illness, may be associated with raw basil and mesclun/spring mix salad served in February at restaurants in Wheaton, Ill., and Irving, Texas.

An FDA spokesman said information on what restaurants and distributors were involved was unavailable. The agency said it was working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health agencies, to ascertain the cause and magnitude of the problem.

It emphasized that its investigation centered on the February incidents and that it was not aware of any current problems.

“It is important to recognize that there are no current cases of cyclosporiasis,” Donna Garren, vice president, scientific and technical affairs for the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association, said in a news release.

The FDA said 57 people reported sickness after having consumed food containing basil and mesclun prepared by a restaurant in Wheaton. Laboratory testing confirmed cyclosporiasis in 20 of those cases.

Also in February, 38 diners in an Irving restaurant became ill after consuming basil and mesclun mix. Testing confirmed 16 of those cases as cyclosporiasis.

Traceback efforts are under way, the FDA said.