July 19, 2018

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...]

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...]

Lawyers File First MN Cyclospora Lawsuit Against Del Monte Fresh Produce; Others May Sue

Lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have filed the first cyclospora lawsuit against Del Monte Fresh Product on June 12, 2018. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. A cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 14 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin was announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on June 8, 2018. Four case patients live in Minnesota; eleven live in Wisconsin. The outbreak announcement stated that Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip locations in the two states were being recalled and that they "pose a potential health risk." All of the patients identified in this outbreak stated they purchased those products before getting sick. Public health officials believe that this outbreak will continue to … [Read more...]

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Associated With Cyclospora Outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin; Lawyer Explains

Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been associated with 14 cases of cyclosporiasis in those states. Those patients reported purchasing that product before they got sick.   The trays contain broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and a dill dip. But how does a product like this get contaminated with this parasite in the first place? Cyclospora is a one-celled parasite that is typically found in developing countries. Every summer in the U.S., there is a cyclospora outbreak that is usually linked to produce such as snow peas, mesclun, or cilantro. People get sick when they drink water or eat food that is contaminated with the parasite. The infection is not passed person-to-person. When a person ingests Cyclospora, the … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin Linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte Veggie Trays

A cyclospora outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin is linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays that are sold at Kwik Trip stores in the two states. The Wisconsin Department of Health services has released a bulletin about this outbreak. Eleven people in Wisconsin and three people in Minnesota are sick. They reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Kwik Trip location before they got sick. The trays contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. They may have also been available at other locations. Consumers should not eat these products: Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) in 6 ounce packages, and Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) in 12 ounce packages. Kwok Trip is cooperating with … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Raw Breaded Chicken; Lawyer Asks Is This the Same as MN and WI Outbreak?

The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced a Salmonella outbreak in that country that is linked to frozen, breaded raw chicken products. Is this outbreak related to the four Salmonella illnesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin that are linked to Ruby's Pantry pop-up outlets? That outbreak is linked to frozen, raw, breaded chicken products that were sold without instruction labels. In Canada, there are 59 people sickened in this Salmonella outbreak. The case count by province is:  British Columbia (6), Alberta (8), Manitoba (9), Ontario (14), Quebec (19), New Brunswick (1), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Ten people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates range from March to May 20108. Several people sickened in this … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ruby’s Pantry Chicken Sickens Four in Minnesota and Wisconsin; Lawsuits Possible

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Ruby's Pantry frozen breaded chicken products has sickened at least four people in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and local health departments are investigating this outbreak. All four patients bought frozen breaded chicken at a Ruby's Pantry pop-up location before they got sick. A raw breaded chicken product that may look fully cooked was distributed to Ruby's Pantry patrons without any cooking instructions or labels that stated that the product was raw. If you have received any unlabeled chicken products from any Ruby's Pantry location, discard it … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s Raw Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak Ends with 10 Sick

The Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to Jimmy John's raw sprouts served on sandwiches at those restaurants is over, after sickening ten pole in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Epidemiologic evidence found that raw sprouts were the likely source of this outbreak. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (2), and Wisconsin (6). No one was hospitalized and no deaths were reported in this outbreak. Ill persons reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches that were served on Jimmy John's sandwiches purchased in Illinois and Wisconsin. One ill person ate raw sprouts that were purchased from a grocery store in Minnesota. Illness onset dates ranged from December 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to … [Read more...]

Revisiting Raw Sprouts: Why Are They Such a Health Risk?

The current Salmonella Montevideo outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants seems to be pinpointed on raw sprouts served on that chain's sandwiches. Unfortunately, most people do not think of produce as being a risk for food poisoning. But that class of foods is most often associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. There have been many outbreaks in the past few years linked to fresh produce, including leafy greens, apples, raspberries, snow peas, cilantro, and yes, sprouts. In fact, sprouts are almost in a category by themselves. The way this food is produced is part of the problem. To make sprouts, seeds are placed in a warm and moist environment, which happens to be the ideal medium for bacterial growth. Since 1998, fresh or lightly cooked sprouts have been linked to 49 food … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Jimmy John’s Raw Clover Sprouts

The FDA is weighing in on the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat sprouts at those restaurants in that state because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. We now know that the product being focused on is clover sprouts. Jimmy John's did announce on January 19, 2018, that all of its retail locations temporarily stopped serving sprouts. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that the sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants are the likely source of the outbreak. The most recent illness began on January 3, 2018. The FDA is working with partners in Illinois and Wisconsin, and the CDC, to conduct traceback on the clover sprouts. They want … [Read more...]

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