July 14, 2020

Iowa Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Bagged Salads Sickens at Least 54

The Iowa cyclospora outbreak linked to ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco bagged gardens salads is the largest in the country with 54 sick, according to the Iowa Department of Health. The larger multistate outbreak has now sickened at least 122 people in 7 states.

Iowa Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Bagged Salads Sickens at Least 54

All of those bagged salads were recalled this week. They are Hy-Vee Garden Salad, ALDI Little Salad Bar Garden Salad, and Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Garden Salads. Illinois and Iowa are the only two states with cases linked to all three store brands, although Wisconsin may be added to that list.

Public health officials think there may be more products linked to this outbreak and are launching traceback investigations. Fresh Express produced these salads for the private brands.

If you live in Iowa and have purchased bagged salads but aren’t sure if they are part of these recalls, don’t eat them. Throw them away or take them back to the place of purchase. The brands listed above have removed all recalled product from their store shelves.

Attorney Fred Pritzker

You can contact Fred Pritzker for help by calling 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202.

Noted food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who has filed lawsuits on behalf of many clients sickened with cyclospora, said, “No one should get seriously ill and have their life disrupted just because they wanted a salad for lunch. These producers have to do a better job ensuring that the food they offer for sale is safe.”

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis, the illness caused by this microscopic parasite, can last for weeks or months if not treated with sulfa based drugs. Patients suffer from explosive and watery diarrhea, painful stomach and abdominal cramps, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, nausea and vomiting, and weight loss.

If you or someone you know has been ill with these symptoms, particularly if you ate a bagged garden salad in the past week or so, contact your doctor. You may be part of this Iowa cyclospora outbreak.

Pritzker Hageman Food Safety Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been sickened with a cyclospora infection after eating recalled bagged garden salads, please contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202.

 

 

 

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