The national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman has filed a Cyclospora lawsuit on behalf of a Minnesota woman sickened in a Cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The lawsuit (case number 0:18-cv-01636) was filed June 12 in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota by Pritzker Hageman attorneys Ryan Osterholm and Brendan Flaherty.
Eleven people in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota became ill after eating vegetable trays produced by Del Monte and sold at Kwik Trip locations in both states. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can last as long as 70 days and include profuse, often explosive, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff purchased a Del Monte vegetable tray at Kwik Trip in St. Charles, Minnesota on May 26, 2018, and ate the vegetables for her lunch that day. A few days later, on or about June 1, she began suffering severe diarrhea, fatigue
and cramping. Severe symptoms continued and worsened she saw a doctor and was diagnosed with a Cyclospora
infection. She was prescribed Bactrim, an antibiotic, to treat her infection but still suffers symptoms and is unable to return to work.
Cyclospora is a parasite native to subtropical climates. Infections are often associated with travel outside the U.S., but health officials say summertime outbreaks linked to produce imported from developing countries are not uncommon. Recent Cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to blackberries, raspberries, cilantro, basil, mesclun, and snap peas.
Kwik Trip says it has removed the trays, which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, but health officials caution that they may have been sold at other stores.
If you have eaten vegetables from a Del Monte vegetable tray sold at a Kwik Trip store in Minnesota or Wisconsin and have symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, see a doctor.
If you would like to contact Ryan Osterholm and Brendan Flaherty about a Cyclospora lawsuit call 1(888) 377-8900 toll-free or use this online form to request a free consultation. Pritzker Hageman attorneys hold produce suppliers, restaurants and retailers accountable for selling food tainted with Cyclospora parasites. They have filed Cyclospora lawsuits stemming from other outbreaks against Taylor Farms and Darden Corporation, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster.