Meyers & Flowers has once again joined with Ron Simon & Associates, a national food safety law firm, to file a series of lawsuits stemming from recalled cyclospora-contaminated Fresh Express bagged salads sold at grocery stores across Illinois and in several neighboring states. To date, more than 500 people have been sickened by these salad mixes.
The Meyers & Flowers team is being led by Founding Partner Peter J. Flowers, who is serving as co-lead counsel litigation on behalf of the Illinois-based plaintiffs. The firm is currently reviewing and accepting new cyclospora cases for those who have become ill after eating Fresh Express bagged garden salads in June and July 2020.
Fresh Express Bagged Salad Recall
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agencies began investigating an outbreak of cyclospora infections in mid-June, 2020. Ultimately, the parasitic infections were traced back to tainted Fresh Express bagged salad mixes widely distributed through retail grocery outlets. This investigation led Fresh Express to issue a recall for its name-brand and private-label garden salad products on June 27, 2020. These bagged salads were widely available at ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite, and Walmart throughout Illinois and nearby states.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that as of July 9, 2020, there have been 509 laboratory-confirmed cyclospora victims and 33 hospitalizations associated with this outbreak to date. The Fresh Express products were available for purchase in the following eight states:
- North Dakota
According to the FDA, the investigation is ongoing as the agency works to determine the cause and source of the outbreak. It has found iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage continue to be items of interest in the bagged-salad investigation. The FDA inspections continue at the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois.
What is Cyclospora?
Cyclospora is a parasite found in human feces. When ingested, it causes an infection called cyclosporiasis, which affects the small intestine (bowel). Symptoms of the infection can be quite severe and 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.
- When left untreated, the illness often lasts for months with symptoms seeming to go away and then return one or more times during the infection cycle, leaving the victim of cyclospora poisoning suffering from chronic fatigue in addition to their other symptoms.
How Meyers & Flowers can Help
If you or a family member were diagnosed with cyclosporiasis and consumed a name-brand or privately-labeled bagged salad produced by Fresh Express between June and July 2020, you may have legal recourse.