June 23, 2018

Possible E. coli Outbreak at Mexico Viejo Restaurant in Taylorsville, NC; Lawsuits May Be Filed

A possible E. coli outbreak is being investigated at Mexico Viejo restaurant in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Health Director Leeanne Whisnant told news outlets that more than 30 people are sick after eating chicken at that facility. One person has tested positive for an E. coli infection. Apparently, those sickened ate at Mexico Viejo restaurant on June 20, 2018. Whisnant told WBTV that she thinks this is an isolated event. The restaurant has remained open, and no more reports of illness have been received. She also said that everyone who was sickened who was also interviewed by public heath officials have either improved or recovered. If you ate at this restaurant on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and have been sick with the symptoms of an E. coli infection, call the Alexander County … [Read more...]

Lawyer Explains That a Salmonella Clover Sprouts Outbreak May Be Announced

There isn't much information available, but another Salmonella outbreak may be associated with recalled clover sprouts, according to one sentence in an FDA recall notice. NOW Real Food Zesty Sprouting Mix in 16 ounce packages is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. Lawyer and food safety expert Ryan Osterholm explains that a Salmonella clover sprouts outbreak may be announced soon. The recall notice contains an interesting sentence. It reads, "Evidence of potential contamination was implicated in ongoing FDA and CDC investigations into multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, of which the clover seed supplier was notified." No information about this potential Salmonella clover sprouts outbreak or outbreaks has been posted on the FDA or CDC sites. This … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Kwik Trip Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Grows to 144 Sick

The cyclospora Kwik Trip outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays has now grown to 144 patients, according to an FDA update. The patients live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak because they are so sick. The patient case count by state is: Iowa (4), Michigan (2), Minnesota (32), and Wisconsin (106). The illness onset date range is from May 14, 2018 to June 8, 2018. The patient age range is from 20 to 79 years. This product was recalled on June 8, 2018. The product sizes are 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 28 ounce. The best by dates for all of these products was June 17, 2018, but consumers may still have some of the vegetable trays in their homes. The trays were distributed to these stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, … [Read more...]

Kwik Trip Lawsuit Filed For Client Sickened in Cyclospora Outbreak, According to Lawyer

Kwik Trip lawsuit was filed for a client sickened in the cyclospora outbreak linked to recalled Del Monte vegetable trays by the lawyers at Pritzker Hageman. The Minneapolis law firm has retained dozens of clients and has filed several lawsuits in this outbreak, which has now sickened 144 people in just four states. "Our clients have been seriously ill and have accumulated large medical bills through no fault of their own," said attorney Ryan Osterholm. "No one should get sick just because they decided to eat vegetables with dip for lunch. This outbreak is huge and will probably continue to grow. "Cyclosporiasis is a devastating illness that can sicken some patients for months," Ryan added. "Our clients have missed work and have been in a great deal of pain. There are now six … [Read more...]

Kellogg Salmonella Lawyer Explains Outbreak Will Most Likely Grow

Kellogg Salmonella lawyer explains why this multistate outbreak linked to Honey Smacks cereal, which has already sickened 73 people in 31 states, will most likely grow. "The cereal was recalled on June 14, 2018, but unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that consumers should not "eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any 'best if used by' date," said Fred Pritzker, a food safety attorney who is representing clients sickened in this outbreak. Consumers should discard any size of this product they may have on hand, even if some of it was eaten and no one has been sick. "Salmonella bacteria can cluster in tiny, tiny clumps and may not be distributed evenly throughout the cereal," Fred added. "In addition, the recall … [Read more...]

Del Monte Lawsuit Filed in Cyclospora Outbreak; Lawyer Explains

A Del Monte Lawsuit was filed in the cyclospora outbreak linked to vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip locations and other stores across the Midwest by lawyers at Pritzker Hageman. Their client is a man from the Wisconsin Rapids area. The plaintiff bought two Del Monte vegetable trays from a Kwik Trip in Green Bay, Wisconsin in late May 2018. He soon started suffering from nausea, stomach pain, headache, and diarrhea. His symptoms soon became debilitating. He sought help at an urgent care, but the testing was negative. He went to a local emergency room, and was diagnosed with a cyclospora infection. He was prescribed an antibiotic, but is still suffering and will require medical care in the future. Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is representing the man in this Del Monte lawsuit, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Products

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products is a good reminder to consumers to thoroughly cook these foods that appear to be already cooked. Sixty-eight people in that country are sick in this outbreak. There have been similar outbreaks in the United States; for instance, in 2015, a multistate Salmonella outbreak was linked to Aspen Foods frozen raw breaded chicken entrees. The latest outbreak notice states, "Based on the investigation evidence to date, poultry, including frozen breaded chicken products containing raw poultry, pose an increased health risk to individuals who handle, prepare or consume these types of foods." These foods must be handled with extreme care. One of the issues with these products is that the … [Read more...]

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak: How Does Cereal Get Contaminated? A Lawyer Answers

The Kellogg's Honey Smacks Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak is a rare and curious event. Some food poisoning outbreaks are met with disbelief. It doesn't seem possible that certain foods can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour is one example. How could flour which is completely processed and dry, be contaminated? Same with cereal. This product is processed and subject to heat. How can it be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria? How did this Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak occur? Salmonella is a persistent and resilient bacteria. It can actually become more persistent in a dry environment. The contamination in Kellogg's Honey Smack cereal could have occurred in the field, during processing of the grains, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Adelaide Outbreak Linked to Precut Melons Grows to 70 Sick; Lawsuits Follow

The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melons has now sickened 70 people in 7 states. That is an increase of 10 patients since the last update on June 8, 2018. Thirty-four of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is:  Illinois (7), Indiana (11), Kentucky (1), Michigan (38), Missouri (10), Ohio (2), and Tennessee (1). Out of 63 people who have been interviewed, 34, or 54%, are in the hospital. Two more states have reported patients since the last update: Kentucky and Tennessee. The most recent illness started on June 3, 2018, so this outbreak will most likely grow, since the melon products were not recalled until June 8, 2018. The FDA has a list of stores and states where the melons were most likely sold. Please examine … [Read more...]

Two Cyclospora Outbreaks Sicken 95 People; Lawsuits Are Filed

Four significant food poisoning outbreaks have occurred in May and June of 2018 in the U.S. Two Salmonella outbreaks and two cyclospora outbreaks have sickened more than 200 people and hospitalized dozens. Here's what you need to know about the cyclospora outbreaks. The first cyclospora outbreak has sickened 78 people. It is linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays in three sizes that were sold at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations and several other stores in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The retail outlets that may have carried this product include Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, according to the recall notice. The case count in that … [Read more...]

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