A Cyclospora outbreak linked to basil imported from Mexico has sickened 26 people who ate at City Market restaurant in Rochester, MN. The illnesses are part of an outbreak that has sickened a total of 35 people in the state and a total of 132 people in an 11-state outbreak.

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Minnesota’s other nine cases of cyclosporiasis, a parasitic infection, are linked to two other restaurants Outback Steakhouse in Hermantown, where four illnesses were reported, and Duluth Grill where five illnesses were associated with an event catered by the Duluth restaurant.

Summertime Cyclospora outbreaks linked to imported fresh produce are becoming routine. Herbs and other produce can become contaminated with Cyclospora when crops are irrigated or washed in water that is contaminated with human feces. Or, when farmworkers do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom.

It seems that none of these illnesses is the result of poor food safety measures at the restaurants, rather that they received basil contaminated with a parasite that is almost impossible to wash off. Still, restaurants are liable for illnesses that result from the food they serve. And, if you are part of this outbreak, you may have a claim.

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Other restaurants have also recently been linked to produce-related Cyclospora outbreaks including salads sold at McDonald’s, Del Monte veggie trays sold at Kwik Trip stores and meals served at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in Jacksonville, FL.

Our Cyclospora lawyers have represented clients in all three of those outbreaks and many others. In fact, no other law firm in the entire country has represented more clients in recent large-scale Cyclospora outbreaks. If you have been sickened in this outbreak, we want to help. Use the form below to request a free consultation. You can also call 1 (888) 377-8900 (toll-free) or send a text to 612-261-0856.

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