October 21, 2018

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...]

FDA Weighs In On Hy-Vee Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Salads; Lawsuits Possible

The FDA has weighed in on the Hy-Vee Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads. At least 21 people in five states have been sickened in this outbreak. Five people are hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The case count by state is: Iowa (8), Minnesota (7), Missouri (1), Nebraska (4), and South Dakota (1). The patient age range is from 5 to 89. Illness onset dates range from June 23, 2018 to July 3, 2018. The FDA first learned about this outbreak on July 16, 2018. The FDA, CDC, and state partners started investigating this outbreak and identified Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad as a possible source of these illnesses. On that same day, Hy-Vee removed the Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its 244 stores located in llinois, Iowa, Kansas, … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad Linked to Salmonella Sandiego Outbreak; 20 in MN, SD, NE, MO, and IA Sick; Some May Sue

Hy-Vee is recalling its Spring Pasta Salad because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Twenty-one people in Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa are sick and are linked to this recalled product. Five people have been hospitalized. The recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound and 3 pound containers. The salads were produced between June 1, 2018 and July 13, 2018, and are available from the deli service case in those stores. The expiration date range is from June 22, 2018 to August 3, 2018. The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee's 244 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hy-Vee removed all of the Spring Pasta Salad from its shelves and service cases on July 16, … [Read more...]

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...]

Cyclospora Kwik Trip Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Grows to 144 Sick

The cyclospora Kwik Trip outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays has now grown to 144 patients, according to an FDA update. The patients live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak because they are so sick. The patient case count by state is: Iowa (4), Michigan (2), Minnesota (32), and Wisconsin (106). The illness onset date range is from May 14, 2018 to June 8, 2018. The patient age range is from 20 to 79 years. This product was recalled on June 8, 2018. The product sizes are 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 28 ounce. The best by dates for all of these products was June 17, 2018, but consumers may still have some of the vegetable trays in their homes. The trays were distributed to these stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, … [Read more...]

Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin Added to States That Sold Melon; Lawsuits

The FDA has issued more information about the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to recalled precut melon. That outbreak has sickened at least 60 people in 5 states, and hospitalized 66% of the patients. Now the government has revealed that the recalled melons were also sold in Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. That means the recalled precut melon has been sold in 12 states. The states where the recalled melon was sold include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The stores that carried the melons include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. You can see the long 24-page list of stores, … [Read more...]

Iowa Added to States Where Recalled Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Was Sold, Joining GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, and OH; Lawsuits Filed

Iowa was added to the states where recalled precut melon linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak was sold, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday. That means the melon was sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to that product has sickened at least 60 people in five states. The case count is: Michigan (32), Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence shows that the pre-cut melon that was supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. Most of the ill persons said they ate pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or a fruit salad mix made … [Read more...]

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