Meyers & Flowers Files Bagged Salad Cyclospora Lawsuit for Illinois Resident Hospitalized After Consuming a Salad Containing Cyclospora Parasites
Meyers & Flowers, along with national food safety the law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, filed a cyclospora lawsuit in Illinois against Fresh Express and Jewel-Osco after the cyclospora-contaminated salad hospitalized an Illinois man.
The lawsuit stems from a multi-state recall, which began in mid-June, 2020, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating an outbreak of cyclospora infections.
Ultimately, the parasitic infections were traced back to tainted bagged salad mix produced by Fresh Express and widely distributed through retail outlets such as ALDI, Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Jewel-Osco.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of July 9, 2020, there have been 509 laboratory-confirmed cyclospora victims associated with this outbreak across eight states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. To date, at least 33 have been hospitalized.
Cyclospora is a parasite found in human feces. It causes an infection called cyclosporiasis in the small intestine (bowel). Symptoms include:
- Watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.
- Loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.
- Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms are also relatively common.
- If not treated, the illness often lasts for months. Symptoms may also seem to go away and then return one or more times during infection.
- It is common for a victim of cyclospora poisoning to suffer chronic fatigue.
According to the FDA, an ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause and source of the cyclospora outbreak. Ingredients in the bagged salad - iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage - continue to be items of interest in the investigation. FDA’s inspection continues at the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois.
Filed in DuPage County, Illinois, Meyers & Flowers, along with Ron Simon & Associates, are working on behalf of plaintiff David Sanderfoot.
Mr. Sanderfoot purchased the tainted bagged salad mix from the Jewel-Osco in Lombard, Illinois. Shortly thereafter, he began to experience severe abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and frequent diarrhea. On June 26, he was forced to seek medical treatment at Elmhurst Memorial. Due to the severity of his condition, he was admitted to the hospital and found to have cyclospora. He was hospitalized for six days and continues to recover from cyclospora food poisoning.
The DuPage County Health Department later confirmed that Mr. Sanderfoot was part of the Fresh Express Bagged Salad Mix Cyclospora outbreak.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with cyclosporiasis and consumed a Fresh Express salad between June and July 2020, you may have legal recourse. Contact Meyers & Flowers to explore your legal options at firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-221-2511, or fill in a free case evaluation form here.