July 16, 2018

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cyclospora Outbreak at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis Sickens 17; Lawsuits May Be Filed

A cyclospora outbreak at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis has just been announced by the Minnesota Department of Health. At least seventeen people are sick. Health officials are investigating this outbreak, which occurred at that restaurant in mid-May 2018.   The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation and health officials say there is no indication that there is an ongoing risk to patrons. There is another cyclospora outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte vegetable trays, but officials say that they have no evidence to indicate that the two outbreaks are related. Public health officials want to speak with anyone who ate at Sonora Grill over the weekend of May 18 to May 20, 2018, whether or not they got sick. Senior Epidemiologist Trisha … [Read more...]

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