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Archives for July 2013

Cyclospora Attorneys Call for Disclosures on Behalf of Victims

Cyclospora attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm said in a press release today that at least one nationally advertised restaurant chain is likely to be involved in the Cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged, mixed salad. The food poisoning lawyers called on public health officials to disclose the name of the salad processor and restaurant for the sake of victims who have been injured in Iowa, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and several other states. The Bad Bug Law Team at Pritzker's Minneapolis-based law firm, Pritzker Olsen Attorneys, is representing people who were sickened in the outbreak. Pritzker and Osterholm said it's apparent that officials in Nebraska, Iowa and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta are withholding the identity of the supplier or … [Read more...]

Attorney Investigating Cyclospora Outbreak Says Chain Restaurant is Involved

Attorney Ryan Osterholm is actively investigating the Cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged, mixed salad. Osterholm says he has been investigating this outbreak for several weeks and is aware of at least one nationally advertised restaurant chain that is likely to be involved. “We are quite confident of the restaurants involved from speaking to many individuals sickened with Cyclospora," said Osterholm. “Any restaurants associated with this outbreak are responsible for the harm suffered by those sickened,” said Osterholm, who represents food poisoning victims in personal injury lawsuits against food processors, restaurants and others. To date there are a total of 397 cases of Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) from 15 states, according to the CDC and state health officials: Iowa … [Read more...]

Dietary Supplements Containing Unsafe Additive DMAA Destroyed

The FDA has forced GNC Inc., a distributor of dietary supplements, to destroy two products that contained the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA). The government obtained seizure orders for GNC facilities in three states before the company agreed to destroy the supplements. The products are OxyElite Pro and Jack3D, distributed by USPlabs with an estimated retail value of more than $8.5 million. DMAA is an amphetamine derivative advertised for weight loss and muscle building, but the compound is implicated in narrowing of blood vessels and arteries, which can increase blood pressure and lead to heart attack, seizures, and death. There have been reports of more than 100 illnesses around the country associated with products containing DMAA. Six people have died. USPlabs received a … [Read more...]

Canadian Recall of Gorgonzola Cheese for Listeria Expanded

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating its recall of some Italian Igor brand Gorgonzola cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination imported by Berchicci Importing Ltd. The recall is expanding to include more Igor products. Some products may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by various retailers. If you are unsure if you have any of these products, ask your retailer. No illnesses have been reported to date. All lot codes and "best before" dates of the following products are affected. Igor "Gorgonzola Dolce" in 1.5 kg packages is recalled, with UPC number 2443880 014541. Igor "Gorgonzola Piccante" in 1.5 kg packages is recalled, with no UPC number. Finally, Igor "Gorgonzola Dolce DOP" in 200 gram packages, with UPC number 8 021398 256802 is … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Hits Des Moines, Cedar Rapids Hard

Cyclospora is a one-celled parasite that can cause a laundry list of unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms persisting as long as two months. The parasite is rare and usually associated with tropical or sub-tropical regions, hardly how anyone would describe Iowa. Yet that state has been hit the hardest by a Cyclospora outbreak that may include almost 400 cases in 15 states. Most of Iowa's cases are in two counties. Linn County, where Cedar Rapids is located has 42 cases.  Polk County, where Des Moins is located has 17.  The remaining 84 cases are scattered throughout the sate. The cases in Iowa were caused by the same source as the 78 cases reported in Nebraska, five of whom required treatment at a hospital. Yesterday, health departments from both of those states announced that the … [Read more...]

Farm Rich Frozen Food Caused 2013’s Biggest E. coli Outbreak

An outbreak of food poisoning illness associated with mini quesadillas, mini pizza slices, mozzarella bites, philly cheese steaks and other frozen snack food from Rich Products still stands as the largest, multi-state outbreak of toxic E. coli so far in 2013 in the United States. And while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the outbreak appears to be over, it is still cautioning consumers to clear their home freezers of any lingering inventory of recalled packages. Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York, began to recall its lines of Farm Rich® and Market Day® products in March, ultimately expanding it to include all food produced at its Waycross, Georgia plant. The recalled products were sold at Walmart stores nationwide and at … [Read more...]

Cyclospora: CDC Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Update and FAQ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora infections (cyclosporiasis) in 15 states: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. Almost 400 people have contracted cyclosporiasis, which can cause weeks of diarrhea. What is the food that is making people sick? Bagged salad mix is the source of this outbreak, according to the CDC and Iowa and Nebraska health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that the salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. The Nebraska Department of Health stated that the salad mix came through national distribution channels. What is Cyclospora? Cyclospora … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Questionnaire Asks if Victim Ate at a Restaurant

A Cyclospora outbreak questionnaire used by health officials in Florida asks if the outbreak victim ate at a restaurant prior to illness. The purpose of the questionnaire is to determine the source of a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections which has sickened hundreds of people in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, and Ohio. Iowa alone has over 140 cases. The Iowa Department of Health stated today that the Cyclospora outbreak has been linked to a prepackaged salad mix containing iceberg and Romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. The food trace back investigation performed by Iowa health offials determined that at least 80 percent of its 143 cases had been exposed to the … [Read more...]

Cyclospora: 398 sick, Bagged Salad Source of Multi-State Outbreak

Cyclospora, a rare parasite usually found in tropical or sub-tropical regions, has sickened 398 people in 15 states, hospitalizing 21 of them. Most, but not all, of these illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak linked to contaminated bagged salad mix sold at grocery stores and served at restaurants. “The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska,”  said Steven Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA).  Food Poisoning Bulletin has been reporting restaurant lettuce as a source of Cyclospora illness for weeks.  Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services reported that the  … [Read more...]

Bagged Salad Mix Source of Cyclospora Outbreak

The multistate Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in 15 states is believed to have been caused by a prepackaged salad mix, according to Iowa's Chief of the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA). Steven Mandernach said in a press release, "the evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage. Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged mix is not longer in the state's food supply chain." The Cyclospora outbreak has hit people in the states of Iowa and Nebraska the hardest. Not all of the reported cases have been confirmed as being part of the same outbreak. Iowa's investigation found that the salad mix was common to 80% of the case patients in their state. Apparently, some people … [Read more...]

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