July 16, 2018

CDC Weighs In On Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to McDonald’s Salads

The CDC is weighing in on the cyclospora outbreak linked to McDonald's salads. On July 12, 2018, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health reported an increase of cyclosporiasis cases among people who ate salads sold at McDonald's fast food chain restaurants. The government has also received reports of sick people in Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin who may be part of this McDonald's cyclospora outbreak since then. A total of 61 people are sick in seven states. The case count by state is: Minnesota (3), Iowa (16), Wisconsin (2), South Dakota (2), Nebraska (2), Missouri (7), and Illinois (29). Any illnesses that began after June 1, 2018 may not have been reported yet because it takes time from when a person gets sick … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 61 in IA, IL, MN, MO, NE, SD, WI; Lawsuits Possible

A McDonald's cyclospora outbreak that is "likely linked" to the fast food chain's salads has sickened at lest 61 people in 7 states. Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. This outbreak is probably not linked to the other current cyclospora outbreak linked to recalled Del Monte Vegetable trays that has sickened 227 people in the upper Midwest, but public health officials are investigating. The FDA is working with McDonald's to identify the common ingredient in the salads and to conduct traceback investigations through the supply chain. As of July 13, 2018, McDonald's is voluntarily ending sales of salads at restaurants in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, and … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Case Count Grows to 227 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The multistate Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak case count has grown to 227 sick, as of July 13, 2018. Those sickened live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Seven patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. Del Monte recalled their 6 ounce and 12 ounce sizes of vegetable trays on June 8, 2018. The 28 ounce size of the trays was recalled on June 15, 2018. People may have frozen some of these vegetables and don't realize they are linked to illnesses. And, unfortunately, washing produce will not eliminate the pathogen completely. The cyclospora parasite is destroyed by freezing, but only if frozen below 24.7°F. The recalled trays were sold in Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod … [Read more...]

Multistate Vibrio Outbreak Linked to Fresh Crab from Venezuela Sickens 12; Lawsuits Possible

A multistate vibrio outbreak linked to fresh crab imported from Venezuela has sickened at least 123 people in Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Illness onset dates range from April 1, 2018 to July 3, 2018. Ill persons range in age from 26 to 69 years. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that precooked fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela is the likely source of this outbreak. Whole genome sequencing shows that isolates taken from patients are closely related genetically. The means that people who are sick in this outbreak are likely to share a common source of infection. More people associated with this outbreak include some who ate crab and who had a positive test for Vibrio, which may or … [Read more...]

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Still On Store Shelves; Lawyer Explains

The multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to include 100 sick in 33 states. Thirty people, or 39% of those interviewed by public health officials, have been hospitalized in this Kellogg's Salmonella Honey Smacks outbreak because they are so sick. Alarmingly, the FDA notice about this outbreak states, "The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale. All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018. Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal." Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker stresses this point. "It is not legal for retailers or anyone, for that matter, to sell food that has been recalled. … [Read more...]

Vibrio Outbreak Linked to Venezuela Crab Sold in Maryland

A Vibrio outbreak in Maryland is linked to fresh Venezuela crab meat that was sold in that state. The crab in question was sold under different brand names. The brand names for this Venezuela crab were not mentioned in the press release. The Maryland Department of Health is wanting consumers to avoid eating non-pasteurized crab meat because of this potential risk. The fresh crab meat is sold in plastic tubs, with a label indicating that it was imported from that South American country. Crab harvested in the Maryland area is not associated with this outbreak, even though the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries have contained this particular bacteria. The Venezuela crab has been sold to individual households and to restaurant settings. It has been made into crab cakes, … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Salads Associated With Cyclospora Outbreak in Illinois and Iowa; Lawsuits Possible

Another Cyclospora outbreak has been reported by government officials. This time, 15 people in Iowa and 90 people in Illinois are sick in this cyclospora outbreak. Some of those patients are ill with the parasitic infection after allegedly eating McDonald's salads from the fast food restaurant chain. These illnesses in this cyclospora outbreak started occurring in late June and early July in Iowa, and starting in mid-May in Illinois. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk of the Iowa State Department of Health said in a statement, "Anyone who ate these salads since the middle of June and who developed diarrhea, especially watery diarrhea and fatigue, should see their health care provider and get tested for Cyclospora to ensure an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment." IDPH Director Dr. … [Read more...]

Kelloggs Honey Smacks Salmonella Lawsuit Filed; No Updates on Outbreak Since Mid-June

A Kelloggs Honey Smacks Salmonella lawsuit has been filed; no update on this outbreak has been issued by the CDC or FDA since mid-June. On June 15, 2018, the CDC stated that there were 73 people sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka in 31 states. Twenty-four of those patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The cereal was first recalled on June 14, 2018. Two UPC numbers of the product were recalled. The recalled product had "best if used by" dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2018. But several days later, the CDC told consumers to not eat any Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or any "best if used by" date. No explanation for this huge recall expansion was given. Consumers have been advised to throw away any Kellogg's … [Read more...]

Large Proportion of Minnesota Residents Sickened in Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak; Lawsuits Filed

The huge Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak has sickened 212 people in four states. Of those patients, at least 54 live in Minnesota. The last update posted by the FDA was on July 5, 2018. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing many of those sickened in this outbreak and has filed several lawsuits, said, "There are many Kwik Trip facilities, where many of the Del Monte products were sold, in Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where more than 100 people are sick. We expect that this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak will probably grow, since there is a time lag from when a person gets sick and they visit their doctor and are diagnosed with this parasitic infection." Del Monte has recalled three sizes of vegetable trays that are associated with this outbreak. They are 6 ounce and 12 ounce … [Read more...]

Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge in North Reading, MA Closed After Suspected Salmonella Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kitty's Restaurant and Lounge on Main Street in North Reading, Massachusetts has been closed after an alleged Salmonella outbreak. Omar Cabrera of the Communications Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that eleven cases are confirmed. Apparently, 39 people have complained to officials that they got sick after eating at that facility. All 11 confirmed cases have exposure to food prepared by that restaurant. According to NBC Boston, the outbreak apparently started on June 23, 2018. The North Reading Department of health has focused on the antipasto as the possible source of pathogenic bacteria. Public health officials conducted an investigation of the facility on July 23, 2018. The restaurant was closed for cleaning and sanitation … [Read more...]

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