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The salad mix blamed for a cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska came from Mexico and was eaten by diners at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

The federal agency said its investigators traced the “illness clusters” to four restaurants, which spokeswoman Theresa Eisenman later identified to CNN as Red Lobster and Olive Garden locations.

The probe didn’t find indications that any bags of salad mix were sold at U.S. grocery stores.

The tainted salad mix came from Taylor Farms de Mexico, “a processor of foodservice salads,” according to the FDA.

Darden — the parent company for Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other restaurant chains such as LongHorn Steakhouse — described Friday’s announcement from the FDA as “new information.”

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