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Fresh Express Salad Lawsuit

Fresh Express Salad Lawsuit

Fresh Express recalled bagged salads from Walmart, ALDI, Hy-Vee and other stores after at least 500 people suffered Cyclospora parasite infections.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Fresh Express salad induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a Cyclospora parasite infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Fresh Express Salad Recall

In June 2020, Fresh Express issued a recall for dozens of types of bagged salad after hundreds of people were infected with Cyclospora parasites.

How Many People Got Sick?

At least 509 people with confirmed Cyclospora infections who ate bagged salad were reported since May 2020, according to an outbreak investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Illnesses have been reported in 8 Midwestern states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin). At least 33 people have been hospitalized.

What Salads Were Recalled for Cyclospora?

The bagged salads were produced by Fresh Express at a facility in Streamwood, Illinois. They contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrot ingredients. The bags are marked with the letter “Z” at the beginning of the product code, followed by the number “178” or lower.

Brand-Names in Fresh Express Salad Recall

The recall involves 90 products under several brand-names, including:

What is Cyclospora?

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite that spreads in feces and causes infections when people eat contaminated food or water. Washing food is unlikely to remove the parasite. Infections cause a gastrointestinal illness where the primary symptom is diarrhea, with frequent bouts of watery bowel movements.

Cyclospora Long-Term Outlook

Diarrhea from a Cyclospora infection can persist for months until it is properly diagnosed and treated. The symptoms may come and go (relapse) many times. It is common to feel extremely tired. In some cases, people must be hospitalized due to severe weight-loss.

Signs & Symptoms of a Cyclospora Infection

Not everyone has symptoms of a Cyclospora parasite infection, but when symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach cramps/pain
  • Bloating
  • Increased gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Other flu-like symptoms

Do I have a Fresh Express Salad Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Fresh Express salad induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a Cyclospora parasite infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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