Del Monte Recalls Vegetable Trays Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak
June 19, 2018 – Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. is recalling 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays after they were linked to an outbreak of cyclospora that has sickened at least 78 people in 4 states, according to an FDA recall notice issued on Friday. The recalled veggie trays contain fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip. The products were sold to retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, FDA said.
Update: Nearly 150 Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Veggie Trays
June 27, 2018 – U.S. health officials continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of the bacterium cyclospora cayetanensis associated with Del Monte vegetable trays, and the case count is up to at least 144 illnesses. The FDA said it’s still working to determine which item in the veggie trays is the source of the outbreak, according to an update issued on Thursday.
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is a severe intestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infection is spread by people ingesting something—such as food or water—that has been contaminated with feces.
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, sold under the brand names Bactrim, Septra, and Cotrim, are the standard treatment for cyclosporiasis infections. No highly effective alternative antibiotic regimen has been identified yet for patients who do not respond to the standard treatment or have a sulfa allergy, according to the CDC.
About Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a cyclospora class action suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with the illness after eating a contaminated food.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual cyclospora lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Cyclospora Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in cyclospora lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were the victim of food poisoning, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.