Yes, you can sue for compensation if you tested positive for a Cyclospora infection from basil. Our food poisoning attorneys can help you file a lawsuit if sufficient evidence can link your illness to a food company, grocery store, or restaurant.
Cyclospora attorneys on Pritzker Hageman’s food poisoning legal team have represented more clients in the most recent, large-scale Cyclospora outbreaks than any other team in the U.S. You can reach our food poisoning legal team at: 1-888-377-8900.
United Natural Foods Cyclospora Basil Recall
On May 12, 2020, United Natural Foods issued a Cyclospora recall for basil imported from Columbia that was sold at Minnesota grocery stores. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, according to the company. The recalled product, Wild Harvest Organic Basil, was distributed to Minnesota grocery stores from April 18, 2020 – May 8, 2020.
Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Basil Imported From Mexico
As a pathogen native to tropical and subtropical climates, Cyclospora spreads to the U.S. through imported produce. Outbreaks are often linked to imported produce from Mexico, including basil and cilantro.
In 2019, an 11-state Cyclospora outbreak linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics in Morelos, Mexico sickened 241 people, hospitalizing five of them. Minnesota had at least 35 lab-confirmed cases of Cyclospora associated with three restaurant outbreaks that have implicated basil:
- City Market in Rochester, MN (26)
- Catered meals from Duluth Grill in Duluth, MN (5)
- Outback Steakhouse in Hermantown, MN (4)
Why Should I File a Cyclospora Lawsuit?
Filing a lawsuit enables you to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other quantifiable damages. Listed below are five reasons why you should file a lawsuit for Cyclospora food poisoning.
- Get early access to relevant documents from the corporation and the health department that may otherwise be inaccessible
- Obtain insurance money that may be limited
- Hold corporate wrongdoers accountable
- Be an advocate for food safety
- Get a faster settlement