September 15, 2019

Cyclospora Outbreak Expands: 535 Cases, 18 States

The Cyclospora outbreak has expanded to include 535 cases in 18 states. Virginia, the most recent state to join the outbreak, is reporting two cases. Texas is hardest hit, with more than 215 residents diagnosed with the infection, some of whom first became ill as recently as July 28. At this point, only cases in Iowa and Nebraska have been linked. The source of those illnesses was determined to be pre-packaged foodservice salad from Taylor Farms of Mexico served at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in those states. Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska said at the end of July that the tainted product was longer in circulation in those states. But case counts are rising in Texas and other states. And the outbreak is expanding to new states. Late last week, New Hampshire … [Read more...]

Texas Has Most Cyclospora Cases, Does It Hold Key to Outbreak?

With more than 200 cases, Texas is the state hardest hit by the Cyclospora outbreak. Does it hold the key to outbreak investigation? The investigation of the Cyclospora outbreak which has now sickened at least 514 people in 17 states has been slow going. Outside of last week's announcement that pre-packaged salad from Taylor Farms in Mexico served at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants was the source of illness for cases in those states, there haven't been many breakthroughs.  For example, we still don't know where else that salad mix may have been distributed or what other other food sources may be involved. No recalls have been issued in association with the outbreak. Federal health officials have joined a team of investigators in Texas, which now has almost as many cases as … [Read more...]

CDC: Cyclospora Outbreak Tops 500, 30 Hospitalized

More than 500 people in 17 states have been diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis, an infection from the rare Cyclospora parasite, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  When did they eat the contaminated food? The incubation period for Cyclsoporiasis is about seven days. So far, the agency only has information on when illness began for 372 people. For 309 of them,  onset of illness began between June 14 and July 6. Twenty one people became ill between June 1 and June 13;  and 42 people became ill between July 7 and July 24. What's not known is when as many as 150 people other people became ill and what it is that's making them sick. A food source has only been identified for illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug … [Read more...]

Cyclospora from Salad is Largest Food Poisoning Outbreak Since 2010

The Cyclospora outbreak,* which is fast approaching 500 illnesses, is the largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak since 2010 and ranks fourth largest among such outbreaks in the last five years. At least 486 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from 16 states. Twenty seven people have been hospitalized. Cases from two states, Iowa and Nebraska, which together have at least 236 cases, are considered part of the same outbreak. Because Cyclospora is so rare, health officials have generally considered clusters appearing during the same time frame linked. A case is considered part of this outbreak if it is a "laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infection in a person with onset of illness since June 2013 and no history of travel outside of the United States or Canada during the 14 … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Lawsuit Filed Today Alleges Illness from Olive Garden in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Our law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who contracted a Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) after eating at the Olive Garden restaurant located at 367 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 5, 2013.  The lawsuit was filed against Darden Corporation, a Florida corporation, and Taylor Fresh Foods, a Delaware corporation. According to the lawsuit, about 7 days after eating at the Cedar Rapids Olive Garden, the Iowa woman began suffering diarrhea, fatigue and cramping. She continued to suffer from symptoms of cyclosporiasis over the next week.  She visited the emergency room three more times over the next several weeks. On July 9, 2013, over a month after eating at the Cedar Rapids Olive Garden, she was diagnosed with a cyclosporiasis. She was prescribed Bactrim to … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak: Where Else Was Taylor Farms Salad Served?

The Cyclospora outbreak investigation took two big steps forward last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that, following a lead from the health departments in Iowa and Nebraska, it traced the source of the Cyclospora outbreak in those states to pre-packaged foodservice salad from Taylor Farms de Mexico served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those sates. Together, Iowa and Nebraska account for 232 of the 442 cases of Cyclospora infection reported from 16 state health departments as of Friday. While the breakthroughs answer some questions, they raise others. For example, what about the 210 cases of Cyclospora infection in 14 other states? What was the cause of those illnesses? Why isn't it clear if they are  linked to the Iowa/Nebraska outbreak? … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak: 232 Cases Solved, 210 To Go

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that foodservice salad from Taylor Farms de Mexico served at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska was the source of a Cyclospora outbreak that sickened 232 people in those states. Now, what about the 210 people in 14 other states who have also been sickened by the rare parasite? A total of 442 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from sixteen state health departments.  With the 148 cases in Iowa  and the 84 cases in Nebraska solved, that still leaves 210 cases in the following states: Texas (140), Florida (25), Wisconsin (12), Arkansas(8) New York (6), Illinois (4) Georgia (4), Missouri (3), Connecticut (2), Louisiana (2),  Kansas (2), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1). Federal … [Read more...]

Law Firm to File Cyclospora Suit Against Olive Garden Parent

A national food safety law firm is planning to file lawsuits in connection with the Cyclospora outbreak Monday on behalf of women who allege they fell ill with Cyclosporiasis after eating at an Olive Garden restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa. At least 442 people in 16 states have been diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis, the infection caused by the rare parasite Cyclospora. Health officials in two states, Iowa and Nebraska, established that the 232 cases in their states were caused by the same source, pre-packaged salad. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the salad was produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico and served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection include explosive diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, … [Read more...]

Cyclosporiasis: 442 people sick, 22 Hospitalized

Cyclosporiasis, the infection caused by the rare parasite Cyclospora, has been diagnosed in 442 people in 16 states, 22 of whom have required hospitalization. Taylor Farms de Mexico food service salad served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants has been determined to be the source of 232 of those illness in Iowa and Nebraska. Taylor Farms salads sold at grocery stores are not implicated in this outbreak, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  A recall of the foodservice salad has not been issued. In addition to Iowa and Nebraska, 14 other states have reported cases of Cyclosporiasis, but it is not clear at this point if all of the cases are related. Those 16 states reported a total of 442 cases of Cyclospora infection to Food Poisoning Bulletin on August 2. … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Source: Taylor Farms Salad at Olive Garden, Red Lobster

Taylor Farms de Mexico food service salad served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is the source of the Cyclospora outbreak that sickened at least 232 people in Iowa and Nebraska. Health officials from those states announced July 30 that a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuces, carrots and red cabbage was the source of the illnesses, but did not release the name of the company that produced it as the tainted salad was no longer in circulation in those states. Over the last few days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been conducting a traceback investigation of the salad identified by Iowa and Nebraska. The agency today announced that illness clusters at four restaurant sites were all linked to the same supplier, Taylor Farms de Mexico, S. de R.L. de … [Read more...]

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