If you are one of the 13 Minnesotans who developed a Cyclospora infection from bagged salad made by Fresh Express and sold under store brand names at Hy-Vee and ALDI here is the information you need to file a Cyclospora salad lawsuit. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them.
Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak
An eight-state Cyclosposra outbreak has been linked to bagged salads sold at Walmart, Hy-Vee, ALDI, Giant Eagle, ShopRight and Jewel-Osco stores. Cyclospora is a parasite that causes gastrointestinal symptoms that can last for weeks or months if untreated. The hallmark of a Cyclospora infection is watery and explosive diarrhea which is accompanied by vomiting, fatigue, body aches, fever and other flu-like symptoms.
The contaminated salads were “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots sold under store brand names ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad, Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad and Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Garden Salad.
So far, more than 509 people have been diagnosed with Cyclospora infections after eating these salads. The states reporting cases are Iowa (74), Illinois (57), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10), North Dakota (6), Wisconsin (13) and Nebraska (20).
In Minnesota, the 25 people sickened reported that they began experiencing symptoms of a Cyclospora infection on dates ranging from June 1 to July 1 after they had eaten ALDI and Hy-Vee store brand “garden salads,” according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Minnesotans sickened in this outbreak range in age from 24 to 79 years old. Two of them live in the metro area and 11 are from Greater Minnesota.
If You Think You Have a Cyclospora Infection
If you think you have a Cyclospora infection from bagged salad, see a doctor. Tests on a stool sample you submit can determine in you have this infection.
If you test positive, ask your doctor if he or she will contact the health department or if you should contact your health department directly. This is a key step because it provides a record of your illness and helps public health officials identify outbreaks.
When you call, public health officials at your city, county or state health department will ask you questions about what you ate in the days before you became ill and where you purchased food. They may ask if you have receipts, shopper card information, a notice from the grocery store or any other record of your purchase. If you have any remaining salad, they may collect it for testing.
Write down as much information as you can remember including when and where you bought the salad, the date you became ill, the number of days you experienced symptoms and the date you went to the doctor.
If you do have a Cyclospora infection, contact our Minnesota headquartered food safety legal team right away. We are currently filing lawsuits in this outbreak. You can reach our team at 612-338-0202 or fill out the form below:
Previous Fresh Express Salad Cyslospora Outbreak
This is not the first time salad made by Fresh Express has been linked to a Cyclospora outbreak. In 2018, a Cyclospora outbreak linked to Fresh Express salad sold at McDonald’s sickened 511 people in 16 states, hospitalizing 24 of them.
The Cyclospora lawyers at Pritzker Hageman filed multiple successful lawsuits on behalf of people sickened in that outbreak and every other major Cyclospora outbreak in the U.S. If you would like a free consultation with our experienced Cyclospora Team please call 1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or complete the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.