November 16, 2018

Will Romaine Lettuce Be Safe to Eat This Year After Huge E. coli Outbreak?

Will romaine lettuce be safe to eat in 2019 after this year's huge and deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was linked to farms in Yuma, Arizona? Growers and processors in that state are taking some steps to try to prevent a repeat disaster, with the help of the FDA. Farmers are planting crops now in the Yuma area. Last year, 210 people in 36 states were sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating romaine lettuce. Ninety-six people were hospitalized, and 27 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Five people died. And lawsuits were filed. Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker said, "This outbreak has been very difficult to solve, and in fact the government did not pinpoint the specific farm or farms where the contaminated lettuce was … [Read more...]

Utah STEC Outbreak Investigated; Petting Zoos and Farms Studied

Public health officials in Utah are investigating an increase in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections (STEC) in that state, according to the Utah Department of Health. The source of this Utah STEC outbreak has not been identified, but some patients said they visited farms, corn mazes, and petting zoos before they got sick. This is nothing new. In the past few years, there have been several E. coli outbreaks linked to those types of attractions. Food safety attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm warned the public years ago about the potential danger at agricultural tourism venues. Ruminant animals, such as goats and cows, carry E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria in their intestines, and those animals do not get sick. The bacteria are shed in the animal's feces, which … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated With Williams Brothers Meat Market Ham in Washington MO

An E. coli outbreak is associated with ham sold at Williams Brothers Meat Market in Washington, Missouri, according to news reports. The Franklin County Health Department is investigating this outbreak, although there is no mention of the illnesses or the outbreak on that agency's website. Four people are apparently sick in this outbreak. No information about the patient age range, when they got sick, if anyone was hospitalized, or if anyone developed hemolytic uremic syndrome was included in any of the news reports. The news reports also did not state the serotype of E. coli that caused this outbreak. The Emissourian states that "an epidemiological investigation identified a link between the cases and a case reported in June." There are four confirmed cases of E. coli food … [Read more...]

Lawyer Asks Where Were Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold?

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker wants to know where the cage free shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms that are linked to a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak were sold. "We know that most of those sickened ate the eggs at restaurants. But we don't know the names of those restaurants or where they were located," he said. The Alabama Department of Public Health states that a gastrointestinal outbreak occurred among people who attended a catered event on July 30, 2018. Two of those sickened have confirmed Salmonella Enteritidis infections. The press release from Alabama also states that "Individuals who consumed an undercooked food item made with eggs were almost four times more likely to become ill than those who did not consume the food." The press release also states, "Most of those … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Minnesota Updates Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte Vegetable Trays; Patients Will Sue

The cyclospora outbreak linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte vegetable trays has been updated by the Minnesota Department of Health. To date, 20 people have been sickened just in Minnesota. Wisconsin may update their outbreak totals today or next week. Another cyclospora outbreak was just announced, that is associated with Sonora Grill restaurant in Minneapolis. Kwik Trip is cooperating with this outbreak and has removed the vegetable trays from their shelves. Cases report purchasing the vegetable trays at various Kwik Trip locations around the state. Consumers should not eat these products: Del Monte Vegetable Tray, containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip in a 6 ounce package, and Del Monte Vegetable Tray, containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, in a 12 … [Read more...]

Kellogg Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled After Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kellogg Honey Smacks cereal is being recalled after the FDA and CDC told the company about a multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak that may be linked to that product. The cereal was distributed in the United States, as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The product in question is Kellogg Honey Smacks cereal (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)  in 15.3 ounce packages, with UPC number 3800039103 and best if used by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. In addition, Honey Smacks cereal in 23 ounce boxes is recalled. That product has a UPC number of 3800014810 and best if used by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. Some news reports are staying that those sickened live in five Midwestern … [Read more...]

Attorneys File Second Lawsuit in Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Sold at Kwik Trip; More Will Sue

Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have filed a second lawsuit in the multistate cyclospora outbreak that is linked to recalled Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This suit was filed in the State of Wisconsin Circuit Court in Eau Claire County. Their client lives in Eau Clare County, Wisconsin. The defendants are Del Monte Fresh Product, Inc., and Kwik Trip. Their client bought multiple Del Monte Vegetable Trays at a Kwik Trip in Eau Claire from May 14 through May 29, 2018. On May 30, 2018, she began suffering nausea and stomach pain. The next day, she suffered vomiting and diarrhea, which was debilitating. She visited her doctor on June 8, 2018. A stool sample yielded a positive test for Cyclospora the next day. She was prescribed an … [Read more...]

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