June 24, 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...]

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...]

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...]

Outbreak Roundup: Salmonella Outbreaks Sicken 133 and Hospitalize 55; Lawsuits Filed

It's been the month of Salmonella and Ccclospora in the U.S. Four outbreaks have hit the country. Two Salmonella outbreaks and two cyclospora outbreaks have sickened more than 200 people and hospitalized more than 50. Here's what you need to know about the Salmonella outbreaks. A Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melons has sickened 60 people in 5 states. The case count is: Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Michigan (32), Missouri (10), Ohio (1). Thirty-one people are sick enough that they need to be in the hospital for care. The distributors who sold these melons are Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash Distribution. The FDA has issued a 46-page list of stores where these products were sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, … [Read more...]

St. John Creamery Recalls Raw Goat Milk For Possible E. coli Contamination

St. John Creamery, of Monroe, Washington is recalling whole retail raw goat milk for possible E. coli contamination. This bacterial strain is a Shiga toxin-producing type of E. coli. The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the pathogenic bacteria in retail raw goat milk dated 6/17. Public health officials are working with the facility to find the source of the problem. Raw milk has been recalled many times in the past few years for pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Ruminant animals, such as goats and cows, carry E. coli bacteria in their guts and pass it in their feces. The feces can then contaminate the animals' udders, hide, and environment. The CDC states … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte Veggie Trays Grows to 78 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The cyclospora outbreak linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte Veggie trays has grown to include 78 lab-confirmed cases in four states. The case count by state is: Michigan (2), Iowa (3), Minnesota (23), and Wisconsin (50). The cases have no history of travel outside of the U.S. or Canada in the 14 days before they got sick. This parasite is usually found in third world and developing countries. All of those sickened consumed Kwik Trip Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays that contain broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip that were sold at several locations in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. They were packaged in 6 ounce and 12 ounce sizes with expiration date of June 17, 2018 or earlier. Del Monte recalled them on June 8, 2018, although the outbreak was not listed on … [Read more...]

Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak Linked to Kellogg Honey Smacks Cereal Sickens 73 in 31 States; Lawsuits Possible

A multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal has sickened at least 73 people in 31 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), California (5), Connecticut (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (1), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (1), North Carolina (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), West Virginia (3). The patient age range is from less than … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Linked to Rose Acre Farms Shell Eggs Is Over

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to recalled Rose Acre Farms shell eggs is over, according to the CDC. Forty-five people in 10 states were infected with the outbreak strain. Eleven people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicated that shell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County, North Carolina farm were the likely source of this outbreak. Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 shell eggs on April 13, 2018. On April 16, 2018, Cal-Maine Foods voluntarily recalled another 23,400 dozen eggs that were purchased from Rose Acre Farms. The patient case count by state is: Alaska (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), New Jersey (2), New York (14), North Carolina (6), Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

Precut Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold in More States: AL, CA, FL, KS, MD, MN, NE, ND, SD, and TN; Lawsuits Filed

The FDA just stated that there are more states where precut melon and fresh-cut melon products linked to a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak were sold. They were also sold in Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee. That means the states that received these products include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers and were sold under several different brand names. The stores that the FDA has listed as carrying the melons are Costco, Jay C, Kroger, … [Read more...]

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