By Cyclospora Lawyer Alex Barlow:
CDC Increases Official Number of Cyclospora Illnesses to 227 in Del Monte Veggie Tray Outbreak as New Fears of McDonald Salads Grows with 115 Identified Victims. Both outbreaks hit Midwest hard, with questions remaining as to whether they might be linked.
The Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak has grown to at least 227 confirmed cases just a news hits of a major Illinois and Iowa. At least 115 victims of Cyclospora have been identified in Illinois and Iowa, 90 of those in Illinois. The victims who have been interviewed overwhelmingly identified McDonald’s salads as a source of food during the incubation period, and investigators are now confident that the lettuce in the McDonald’s salad is the likely source of the Cyclospora outbreak. At least 3000 McDonald’s locations have pulled the potentially contaminated salad add are in search of a new lettuce supplier.
Ironically, this comes on the heels of a major outbreak of Cyclospora affecting victims in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Cyclospora outbreak has been linked to pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip – alas, no lettuce. The investigation is ongoing, and a link between the two outbreaks may still present, but as of now they are being dealt with a separate outbreaks.
he investigations into both outbreaks will likely significant demonstrate in HACCP and GMP compliance at some level of the food production and packaging.