Meyers & Flowers has joined with Ron Simon & Associates, a national food safety law firm, to file the first lawsuit stemming from cyclospora-contaminated salads sold in Illinois and neighboring states.
The Meyers & Flowers team will be led by Founding Partner Peter J. Flowers who is serving as co-lead counsel litigation on behalf of one of the first plaintiffs in these cases, Jennifer Smith. Meyers & Flowers is also reviewing and accepting new cyclospora cases from other Illinois residents who became ill after eating contaminated McDonald’s salads from mid-May 2018 to mid-July 2018.
The cyclosporiasis parasitic infections began to occur in mid-May 2018. Over the next eight weeks, several reports of food poisoning began to be received by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other Midwest health agencies. On July 12, 2018, an investigation by the United States Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Prevention (CDC), IDPH, and the Iowa State Department of Health determined the cyclosporiasis parasitic infections caused by cyclospora were linked to McDonald's salads sold at 3,000 McDonald's retail outlets across the Midwest.
As of July 13, 2018, the CDC reported 61 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis across seven states with two cases of hospitalizations and no deaths to date. The IDPH is reporting the number of cases in Illinois is much higher. So far, the state agency has confirmed 90 cases of cyclosporiasis in counties across Illinois since mid-May. A similar increase in cyclospora cases has been seen in neighboring Iowa.
McDonald's announced a voluntary stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants until it identifies a new lettuce blend supplier on July 13, 2018. According to the company, it is removing existing lettuce blends from restaurants and distribution centers located in the Midwest. The affected McDonald salads were served at restaurants in the following states: IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO. It is estimated there are more than 730 McDonalds in Illinois alone.
"McDonald's negligence has possibly caused countless incidences of food poisoning due to the highly contagious food-borne parasite, cyclosporiasis since mid-May of this year," said Mr. Flowers. “Our team will work closely with Illinois residents, such as Jennifer, who because seriously ill from what they thought was a harmless salad. Cases like hers will allow us to demand higher levels of food safety and protect the public in the future."
What is Cyclospora
Cyclospora cayetanensis (commonly referred to as cyclospora) is a single cell, microscopic parasite. The parasite causes cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection. The cyclospora parasite infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes:
- Watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Stomach cramps, pain and bloating
- Increased gas, nausea, and fatigue
- Flu-like symptoms of vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, are also common
When not treated, cyclosporiasis can be debilitating often lasting for months with symptoms seeming to subside and then return one or more times over the course of the infection. It also is common for a victim of cyclospora poisoning to suffer chronic fatigue.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with cyclosporiasis and consumed a McDonald’s salad between May and July 2018, 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.