March 23, 2019

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak: Number 4 in 2018

The Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak was the fourth largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2018, with 250 people sick in 4 states. The outbreak was linked to pre-packaged vegetable trays. The case count by state was:  Michigan (1), Iowa (9), Minnesota (62), and Wisconsin (177). Illness onset dates ranged from May 14, 2018 to June 20, 2018. The patient age range was from 13 to 79. Eight people were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported. Most people bought these vegetable trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, which are located in the upper Midwest. On June 15, 2018, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 28 ounce pre-packaged vegetable trays that contained broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and dill dip. Based on traceback evidence, officials could not … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Ends With 250 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The Del Monte cyclospora outbreak has ended after sickening 250 people, according to the FDA and CDC. Those sickened ate pre-packaged Del Monte Vegetable Trays.   FDA evaluated and reviewed the distribution and supplier information for every component of the vegetable trays. he investigation did not reveal a single source or potential point of contamination for any of the items that were in those trays. Eight people were hospitalized in this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak because they were so sick. The patients live in four states: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The case count by state is: Michigan (1), Iowa (9), Minnesota (62), and Wisconsin (177). Del Monte recalled their 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 28 ounce vegetable trays during different dates in June 2018. … [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...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to 237 Sick in Four States; Lawsuits Filed

The Del Monte cyclospora outbreak has now sickened 237 people in just four states, according to the FDA.  Those patients live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Seven patients have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. The two cases from Michigan reportedly bought the vegetable tray in Wisconsin. Lawsuits have been filed in this outbreak, on behalf of people sickened after buying a Del Monte vegetable tray from several retail outlets. They were sold mostly in Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These trays were recalled in June 2018, and include 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 28 ounce sizes that contain broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, and dill dip. These vegetable trays were sold in Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, … [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...]

Wisconsin Hit Hard in Cyclospora Del Monte Outbreak; Lawyer Explains

Consumers in Wisconsin have been hit hard in the Cyclospora Del Monte outbreak that is linked to recalled vegetable trays. Of the 212 people sickened in this outbreak so far as of July 5, 2018, 152 patients live in Wisconsin. Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is representing many clients in this outbreak, said, "Many of these vegetable trays were sold at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star outlets. There are hundreds of these stores in Wisconsin and in Minnesota, which explains the high number of case patients in those states. "Moreover," he continued, "this cyclospora Del Monte outbreak will most likely continue to grow. There is a significant lag between the time a person starts feeling sick and the time when their illness is reported to public health officials. And there are some people who have … [Read more...]

Will Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Continue to Grow? Lawyer Explains

Will the Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 212 people, mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin this summer, continue to grow? Attorney and food safety expert Fred Pritzker, who is representing many clients with lawsuits in this outbreak, explains that the answer may be yes. At least 152 people in Wisconsin and 54 people in Minnesota are sick in this outbreak. At least 2 people are ill in Michigan, and five in Iowa. While these numbers are current as of July 5, 2018., any illnesses that began after May 24, 2018 may not have been reported to government officials yet. "It takes time for word of these cases to reach public health officials," Fred said. "A person has to get sick, decide to visit a doctor, get tested, and then the test results must be evaluated. … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Has Sickened 212 In IA, MN, WI, MI; Attorney Explains Lawsuits

The Del Monte cyclospora outbreak linked to recalled Vegetable Trays has now sickened 212 people in four states, according to the FDA. Seven people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. Those numbers are current as of July 5, 2018. The recalled Del Monte trays were sold in 6 ounce and 12 ounce sizes; they contained broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and dill dip and were sold in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Del Monte is also recalling "small veggie trays" in 28 ounce packages, which included broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, and dill dip. The larger product was sold in Illinois and Indiana. The expiration of the trays was June 17, 2018. They were sold to Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax … [Read more...]

Lawyer Explains Why Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Happens Every Year

A cyclospora outbreak in Texas has sickened at least 56 people, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. "This Texas cyclospora outbreak happens every year," said attorney Fred Pritzker. "There were hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis last year in Texas and in the years before." Cyclosporiasis is caused by the cyclospora parasite. This parasite is ingested when contaminated water containing the sporulated organism gets onto fresh produce. When a person is infected, the parasite causes symptoms including explosive and watery diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, weight loss, and vomiting. Symptoms can last for weeks or months and can recur. "Past outbreaks have been associated with basil, snow peas, mesclun greens, and cilantro," Fred added. "These outbreaks … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Kwik Trip Outbreak Grows to 185 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The Del Monte Cyclospora Kwik Trip outbreak has grown to include 185 people sick, according to the FDA. That number is current as of June 28, 2018; all cases are lab-confirmed. The ill persons live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Seven people have been hospitalized. These illnesses are associated with recalled Del Monte 6 ounce and 12 ounce vegetable trays containing broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and dill dip sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Del Monte is also recalling "small veggie trays" that are 28 ounces and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip and were sold in Illinois and Indiana. FDA hasn't identified which of these ingredients are contaminated with the one celled parasite. … [Read more...]

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