McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Fresh Express Launches New Prevention Research

Home / Blog / McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Fresh Express Launches New Prevention Research

McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Fresh Express Launches New Prevention Research

McDonald's Cyclospora Lawyer
  • Tony Coveny | Jun 12, 2019

McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Fresh Express Launches New Prevention Research

Over the past year there have been multiple recorded outbreaks of Cyclospora throughout the United States, with the Cyclospora Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates taking the lead on several of them – including the many Cyclospora claims against  McDonald’s, Fresh Express, Del Monte, and in previous years, Bob’s Taco, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden.

Through this all, in an acknowledgement that preventing food-borne illnesses can be difficult to ensure, one leafy-green supplier has recently released prevention research on the topic. The company, Fresh Express, sold a product that was widely reported to be a carrier of the Cyclospora parasite in 2018.  Fresh Express’ findings were released last week in hopes of maintaining and protecting consumer health.

Fresh Express: Cyclospora in Pre-Packaged Salad Causes Hundreds of Illnesses

If you have purchased pre-packaged bags of salad from any retail grocery store before than you have probably purchased a bag of food from Fresh Express. Fresh Express supplies salad kits to grocery stores across the country in a variety of styles and includes over ten different types of leafy greens including: kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and red/green cabbage. Unfortunately, in 2018, Fresh Express sold salad mix that made its way into McDonald‘s salads, including the very popular Southwest Chicken Salad.  This, according to Cyclospora Lawyer Ron Simon, led to many lawsuits and hundreds of claims by victims.  The litigation is ongoing.

Just after the outbreaks in 2018, Fresh Express responded by assembling a group of researchers and scientists that they labeled the Blue-Ribbon Panel who were experts in Cyclospora, food safety, public health and now, preventing food-borne illnesses. Some industry leaders  have suggested that there has been too little research on how to prevent this parasite from spreading and infecting humans, and this group was being assembled to correct that.

Over the next many months the group met to test the parasite and learn more about the “life cycle of the parasite, its dependence on human hosts, factors affecting its infectivity, potential modes of transmission and, importantly, recommendations for mitigation against contamination and future outbreaks.” Just this past week the team finally release their preliminary findings through an interim report posted through the company’s online website (freshexpress.com). In addition, the full report has been posted through the Posted Marketing Association as well as the United Fresh Produce Association.

According to Cyclospora Lawyer Ron Simon, “the reason we filed the Cyclospora Lawsuits against McDonald’s and Fresh Express was precisely for this reason, to effect change to prevent this sort of nation-wide or multi-state outbreak from happening again.  Hopefully, this effort by Fresh Express will have real teeth and lead to change, and not be merely an attempt to appear responsive to public demand for change.  Time will tell.”

The Cyclospora Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates Explain Cyclospora

According to the CDC, Cyclospora cayetanensis is “a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope.” It can then become a food-borne illness that is spread through food and water that was contaminated with feces. Once a human is contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, the disease, referred to as cyclosporiasis, attacks and infects the intestines. The symptoms of this disease include: diarrhea, nausea, bloating, fatigue, weight loss and loss of appetite.

For further information about Cyclospora and how to prevent this food-borne illness, a list of resources have been listed below as well as the links to the sites containing the preliminary findings from the Blue-Ribbon Panel Interim Report.

  1. https://www.andnowuknow.com/whats-store/fresh-express-releases-blue-ribbon-panel-interim-report-prevention-Michael-T-Osterholm-John-P-Olivo/jordan-okumura/63403
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/gen_info/faqs.html
  3. https://www.freshexpress.com/products
  4. https://www.freshexpress.com/sites/default/files/news_release_brp_interim_report_06.05.19.pdf
  5. https://www.pma.com/Content/Press-Releases/2019/Interim-Report