August 18, 2018

McDonald’s Fresh Express Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 476; Lawsuits Are Filed

The McDonald's Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak linked to their salads has now sickened 476 people, according to the FDA. These ill persons live in 15 states. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (98), Illinois (246), Indiana (8), Kentucky (8), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (52), Nebraska (5), Ohio (15), South Dakota (18), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (10). The patients in Connecticut, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida purchased McDonald's salads while traveling in another state. In the investigation, FDA officials analyzed an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix produced by Fresh Express in Streamwood, Illinois. They found cyclospora in the product. Fresh Express told the FDA … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Fresh Express Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 436; Lawsuits Filed

The McDonald's Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak that is linked to McDonald's salads has now sickened 436 people in 15 states. Twenty people have been hospitalized. The last reported illness started on July 20, 2018.   The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (95), Illinois (219), Indiana (1), Kentucky (8), Michigan (2), Minnesota (9), Missouri (52), Nebraska (5), Ohio (15), South Dakota (14), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (10). The patients from Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia bought salads from McDonald's while traveling in Illinois. The Florida patient purchased a McDonald's salad while traveling in Kentucky. McDonald's stopped serving salads at 3,000 restaurants in the midwest on July 13, 2018. They replaced the supplier of … [Read more...]

Deadly Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak May Be Linked to Cow Feces

The FDA just updated their investigation into the deadly Romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak this summer that sickened 210 people in 36 states and killed 5. Ninety-six people were hospitalized, including 27 who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. It seems that canal water in the Yuma Arizona growing region is close to a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). In other words, it's likely that cow feces contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria got into the canal water that irrigated the romaine lettuce fields in that area. CAFOs are huge cattle operations that can hold more than 100,000 head of cattle at any one time. There is a cluster of romaine lettuce farms nearby. The Environmental Assessment report the FDA is working on will be … [Read more...]

FDA Quietly Updates Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Are Possible

The FDA has updated its investigation into the Kellogg's Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak, but did not put a date on the new announcement, or update outbreak numbers. They added a paragraph to the investigation page that stated officials inspected a "contract facility" where Kellogg's Honey Smacks is manufactured, and found Salmonella bacteria that "is a match to the outbreak strain." Lawsuits have been filed. And last week, the FDA sent a warning letter to Kerry, Inc. of Beloit, Wisconsin, where Salmonella was found "throughout the facility, including in cereal production rooms." We don't know if these events are linked. Kerry manufactures wheat puffed grains, rice puffed grains, oat puffed grains, and corn puffed grains, among other products. The FDA inspected that facility … [Read more...]

FDA Confirms Cyclospora in Fresh Express Salads Sold to McDonald’s; Lawsuits Filed

The FDA has confirmed the presence of cyclospora in a salad mix produced by Fresh Express and sold to McDonald's. McDonald's salads are a possible source of a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 286 people in 15 states and has hospitalized 11. The number of illnesses has not been updated in this most recent update. The analysis was completed in July 26, 2018 using a "new laboratory method." The FDA set up a multidisciplinary workgroup in 2015 to privatize the development, validation, and implementation of a method for detecting cyclospora in fresh produce. The Fresh Express salad mixes in question, containing romaine lettuce and carrots, expired on July 19, 2018. The romaine lettuce was not packaged for retail sale to consumers. And the carrots in the sampled salad mix … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawsuits Increase As Outbreak Grows

The cyclospora outbreak that is linked to McDonald's salads keeps on growing. Now at least 286 people in 15 states are sick. Eleven people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. That is an increase of 123 more patients in the last week. McDonald's cyclospora lawsuits have been and will continue to be filed on behalf people who are sick through no fault of their own. This microscopic parasite can cause debilitating illness that can last for weeks or months and can recur. The CDC has listed the case count by state in this outbreak. They are: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (80), Illinois (123), Indiana (2) Kentucky (6), Michigan (1), Minnesota (8), Missouri (30), Nebraska (5), Ohio (11), South Dakota (11), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (5). The patients … [Read more...]

Summer of Cyclospora Outbreaks and Lawsuits: 400 Sick

This has been the summer of cyclospora outbreaks. As of today, July 26, 2018, at least 400 people have been sickened in outbreaks that are linked to two products: Del Monte Vegetable Trays and McDonald's salads. In the Del Monte outbreak, those sickened live in four states. The case count by state is: Michigan (2), Iowa (7), Minnesota (56) and Wisconsin (172). Seven of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so ill. Del Monte recalled the vegetable trays that are linked to this outbreak on June 8, 2018. The trays were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and have the "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018 or … [Read more...]

Attorneys File First Iowa McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawsuit in Multistate Outbreak

Attorneys at the law firm of Pritzker Hageman have filed the first Iowa McDonald's cyclospora lawsuit on behalf of a client who was sickened after he ate at one of the fast food chain's restaurants at 1220 Jeffreys Drive in Osceola, Iowa in late June, 2018. The law firm has also filed a complaint on behalf of a woman in Illinois who was sickened in the same outbreak. There is a large ongoing multistate cyclospora outbreak linked to McDonald's salads. Cyclospora attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm filed the complaint. The McDonald's cyclospora lawsuit was filed in Iowa on July 18, 2018 in the Iowa District Court in Clarke County. Food safety lawyer Ryan Osterholm said, "Our client has been ill and is suffering through no fault of his own. McDonald's and other restaurants … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to 163 Sick; Lawsuits Are Filed

The McDonald's cyclospora outbreak that is linked to that chain's salads has grown to include 163 sick, according to the FDA. That is an increase of more than 100 patients in the last five days. Those sickened live in 10 states, an increase of three states since July 15, 2018. Three people have been hospitalized. All of these cases are lab-confirmed. The FDA is working with McDonald's to try to identify the common ingredient in the salad that is potentially contaminated. Patients report eating a variety of McDonald's salads before they got sick. As of July 13, 2018, McDonald's has stopped selling salads at restaurants in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri. The company … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Cyclospora Attorneys File Lawsuit in Illinois; More Lawsuits May Follow

McDonald's cyclospora attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain on behalf of a woman who was sickened after eating a Southwest Chicken Salad from the restaurant located at 400 East Plaza Drive in Carterville, Illinois. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois by attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm. Their client would regularly order that salad from McDonald's. On or about June 25, 2018, she began suffering from stomach pain, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. Her symptoms soon became debilitating and she sought medical help. Her illness was not immediately diagnosed, because doctors rarely order tests for this tropical parasitical infection in the United States. Her symptoms continued, so she went to the … [Read more...]

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