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Basil Cyclospora Lawsuit

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are conducting a joint investigation into a rare outbreak of more than 130 cyclospora illnesses linked to fresh basil exported by a firm based out of Morelos, Mexico.

CDC’s current analysis of epidemiologic data indicates that tainted fresh basil sourced from Mexico is the likely cause of the outbreak of cyclospora illnesses. A traceback investigation conducted by the FDA has found that the basil was sold at points available to all those who fell ill with cyclosporiasis.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a confirmable cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) after eating foods that contained recalled basil, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

FDA has requested a voluntary recall and the firm has agreed. The agency has increased import screening on basil and will continue to investigate the cause and source of the outbreak, as well as the distribution of products.

What is Cyclospora?

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic foodborne parasite that is usually transmitted when infected feces contaminate food or water, according to the FDA. The bacterium is unlikely to be transmitted from person to person because it needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person. People living or traveling in countries where cyclosporiasis is common, including certain tropical or subtropical regions, may be at increased risk for cyclospora infection, FDA said.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis typically begin about 7 days after ingestion of offending pathogen (range, 2 days to >2 weeks), and include:

  • Watery diarrhea (most common)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Increased gas
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
    (Courtesy CDC)

FDA Issues Warning About Fresh Basil Imported From Mexico: CBS New York Video

Can I File a Class Action?

Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to basil-induced cyclospora infections. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you developed symptoms of cyclosporiasis after eating foods that contained recalled fresh basil, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.

FDA Recommendation

FDA is advising consumers not to purchase, eat, or serve any foods with fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV. The agency said you should avoid all basil products for the time being, unless you can determine for certain that it was not sourced from Siga Logistics de RL de CV.

Do I Have a Basil Cyclospora Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in basil recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cyclospora cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with a confirmable cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) after eating foods that contained recalled basil, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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