The Cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays has sickened 237 people, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recall for the trays was issued June 15, 2018, so retailers should no longer be selling them.
“The newly reported illnesses actually began before the recall but are just being reported now due to the varied amount of time it takes for people who become ill to get tested and have their faces confirmed,” said Ryan Osterholm a Cyclospora lawyer with Pritzker Hageman a national food safety law firm that is representing dozens of people sickened in this outbreak.
Diarrhea that is profuse and often explosive is the hallmark of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis. Other symptoms include vomiting, abdominal cramps, gas, bloating, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, body aches, fever and other flu-like symptoms. All of these symptoms can last for 70 days if untreated.
In this outbreak, illnesses have been linked to Del Monte vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. Most people reported purchasing them at Kwik Trip stores but they were also sold at Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.
The 237 illnesses have been reported from four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Onset-of-illness dates range from May 14 to June 13. Fifty-three percent of case-patients are female and they range in age from 13 to 79 years old with a median age of 46. Seven people became so sick they required hospitalization.
The Pritzker Hageman Cyclospora team represents clients nationwide and filed suit against food companies and restaurants including McDonald’s, Taylor Farms and Darden Corporation, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster. For a free consultation, contact them online or call them toll-free at 1 (888) 377-8900.