The Cyclospora lawyers at Pritzker Hageman are representing dozens of clients in the outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip and other stores. At least 185 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan who developed Cyclospora infections after eating the vegetable trays are part of this outbreak.
Cyclospora attorneys Ryan Osterholm, Lindsay Lien Rinholen and Brendan Flaherty have already filed multiple Cyclospora lawsuits on behalf of their clients. Because Pritzker Hageman is a national food safety law firm, our Cyclospora lawyers have built a successful track record representing clients throughout the country who have been sickened by food contaminated by Cyclospora and have filed suit against food companies and restaurants including Taylor Farms and Darden Corporation, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
What is Cyclospora?
Cyclospora is a parasite native to subtropical climates that causes food poisoning symptoms that can last 70 days if treatment is not successful. Food becomes contaminated with Cyclospora when it comes in contact with feces containing the oocysts of the parasite.
The hallmark of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, is profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last for 70 days. Other symptoms, which can also last 70 days, include vomiting, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. To confirm an infection, a stool sample from the patient is cultured.
Often Cyclospora infections are associated with travel outside the U.S., but previous outbreaks have been linked to produce imported from developing countries. Sources of past outbreaks include contaminated cilantro, basil, raspberries, blackberries, mesclun, and snap peas.
A recall has been issued for the Del Monte vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip which were sold in clear plastic clamshell container
Del Monte Cyclospora Recall
On June 15, 2018, Del Monte Fresh Produce issued a recall for the vegetable trays associated with this outbreak. The recalled products containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip were packaged in 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. sizes and sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. They have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018 and the following UPC codes which are found on the package label:
- The recalled 6 oz. tray has a UCC code of 7 1752472715 2.
- The recalled 12 oz. tray has a UPC code of 7 1752472518 9.
- The recalled 28 oz. has a UPC code of 7 1752478604 3.C
Del Monte Vegetable Tray Cyclospora Outbreak
The outbreak, which began May 14, 2018, has sickened 185 people in four states. Wisconsin has been hardest hit with 131 cases. Minnesota has 47 cases. Iowa has five and Michigan has two. Most of the people sickened reported purchasing the vegetable trays at a Kwik Trip store.
About 57 percent of the case patients, who range in age from 13 to 79 years old, are female. Seven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Contact a Cyclospora Lawyer
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