Update: Amid Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Warns Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce

November 21, 2018 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers on Tuesday to avoid eating romaine lettuce over the Thanksgiving holiday, as it may be contaminated with E. coli. At least 32 people, including 13 who required emergency hospitalization due to the severity of their symptoms, have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli in 11 states, according to the CDC.

What’s the Problem?

An FDA analysis of an unused package of Fresh Express salad mix that was distributed to McDonald’s has tested positive for cyclospora, though the expiration date for that product, July 19, had already passed. On July 27, the agency informed Fresh Express of the results.

FDA instructed Fresh Express to determine whether potentially contaminated salads may still be on the market. The firm disclosed that the romaine from the same lot as the positive sample was not packaged for direct retail sale by Fresh Express and had already expired. Fresh Express committed to using recall procedures to inform those companies that received this romaine about the sample result.

What’s the Problem?

July 13, 2018 – Illinois is currently reporting about 90 cases of cyclospora food poisoning (cyclosporiasis) since mid-May, and Iowa is reporting 15 cases since late June, according to CNN.

Cyclospora cayetanensis causes severe intestinal distress as a result of consuming food or water contaminated with the bacterium, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Symptoms of cyclospora may take up to a week after ingesting the bacterium to present, and include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Fatigue

Cyclospora infection can last anywhere from a few days to several months, then subside only to appear again intermittently. Treatment usually involves a combination antibiotic regimen, according to the CDC. Illnesses connected to the recent outbreaks have been reported across multiple counties in Illinois, health officials said, though no counties were named specifically.

“The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants,” the Illinois Health Department said in a written statement. “Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill.”

The agency is cautioning anyone who ate a salad from McDonald’s since mid-May and experienced diarrhea and/or fatigue to consult their healthcare provider immediately.

507 Cyclospora Infections Linked to McDonald’s Salads

August 24, 2018 – A total of 507 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection in 15 states have been linked to contaminated McDonald’s salads, according to an FDA update issued Thursday. Consumers who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis (listed below) should contact their healthcare provider immediately to report their symptoms and receive care.

August 3, 2018 – FDA and CDC confirm at least 395 cases of cyclospora food poisoning associated with McDonald’s salads, according to a press release issued on July 26.

436 cyclosporiasis Cases Linked to McDonald’s Salads

August 9, 2018 – As of Friday, at least 436 confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from McDonald’s patrons in 15 states who consumed salads shortly before getting sick, according to an FDA update posted today. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine lettuce and carrots.

163 Cyclospora Cases Linked to McDonald’s Salads, FDA Warns

July 20, 2018 – At least 163 cyclospora food poisoning cases in 10 states — including 3 hospitalizations and no deaths — have been linked to contaminated salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FDA is working with McDonald’s to identify the salad ingredients making people sick and to trace them through the supply chain.

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 McDonald’s salad class action suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with cyclospora infection after eating a McDonald’s salad.

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 McDonald’s salad lawsuits on their behalf.

286 Cyclospora Cases Linked to McDonald’s Salads

July 26, 2018 – At least 286 cyclospora food poisoning cases in 15 states — including 11 hospitalizations — have been linked to contaminated salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants, according to the FDA. This total is up at least 123 cases since last Friday, the agency says.

Do I Have a McDonald’s Salad 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 McDonald’s salad lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Side Effect(s) cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating at McDonald’s, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.

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