CHICAGO, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with Chicago counsel Meyers & Flowers, filed another cyclospora lawsuit in Illinois against Fresh Express and Jewel-Osco after the cyclospora-contaminated salad hospitalized an Illinois man.
According to the CDC, as of July 9th, there are now 509 laboratory-confirmed cyclospora victims associated with this outbreak in 8 states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. At least 33 have been hospitalized. Cyclospora is a parasite that is found in human feces.
During an interview this morning, national food poisoning lawyer Ron Simon stated:
"While the reported number of more than 500 victims is already staggering, the number continues to grow. Every day we are receiving calls at the Cyclospora Claim Center from people who only recently tested positive or who are waiting to be tested. This includes victims in additional states."
The lawsuit was filed against Fresh Express and Jewel-Osco in DuPage County, Illinois, on behalf of David Sanderfoot. A copy of the lawsuit is available upon request.
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 26th, 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.
The DuPage County Health Department later confirmed that Mr. Sanderfoot was part of the Fresh Express Bagged Salad Mix Cyclospora outbreak.
Mr. Sanderfoot continues to recover from cyclospora food poisoning.
The Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Continues to Grow
By mid-June 2020, health officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had begun investigating an outbreak of cyclospora infections in the midwestern United States. Relying on local health agencies, the CDC was able to quickly trace the infections to tainted bagged salad mix widely distributed through retail outlets such as ALDI, Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Jewel-Osco. The CDC also identified Fresh Express as the common producer of the tainted salad mixes.
Food Safety Attorney Ron Simon Issues Statement for Victims and Establishes Cyclospora Claim Center
National food safety attorney Ron Simon, who represents Mr. Sanderfoot and dozens of other cyclospora victims, issued the following statement today:
"Many Americans during this Covid-19 pandemic are eating at home, including the consumption of prepared salads that promise to be fresh and clean. Mr. Sanderfoot was just one of many who ate the parasite-infected salads and became severely ill. Through each of our lawsuits, we will make sure that all of our clients are fully and fairly compensated for their losses, and we will determine how this tragedy can be prevented in the future. "
Mr. Simon and his law firm have established a Cyclospora Claim Center to assist victims in the outbreak. The Cyclospora Claim Center can be reached toll-free at 1-888-335-4901, or by visiting www.foodpoisoningnews.com or www.gardensaladlawsuit.com.
About Food Safety Attorney Ron Simon
Over the last 25 years, Ron Simon and his colleagues have prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases for victims across the United States. His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne pathogens.
Mr. Simon and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media. Mr. Simon and his legal team have collected over $750,000,000 for their clients. He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation at www.foodpoisoningnews.com which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.
Through litigation, media commentary, and his food poisoning publications, Mr. Simon relentlessly challenges food manufacturers, distributors, and restaurants to do a better job in making our food safe.
For media inquiries or more information on the cyclospora outbreak and ongoing litigation, please contact Ron Simon directly at (713) 819-8116 or [email protected].
SOURCE Ron Simon & Associates