Update: Second McDonald’s Salad Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed

July 18, 2018 – Ron Simon & Associates has filed a second lawsuit against McDonald’s over the cyclospora outbreak linked to salads sold at its restaurants in Illinois and neighboring states. The suit was filed by Plaintiff Cody Barra, who fell ill after eating a salad from the McDonald’s at 1013 Court Street, in Pekin, Illinois. A full-spectrum analysis later confirmed Barra’s cyclospora infection.


The complaint was filed against McDonald’s Corporation in Cook County, Illinois, by Plaintiff Jennifer Smith, who regularly ate McDonald’s salads in an attempt to consume a healthy diet. According to the lawsuit, Smith ate numerous salads from McDonald’s in May and June of 2018, which she purchased at restaurants in Washington and Illinois.

By early June, Plaintiff began experiencing a variety of severe unexplained symptoms, including vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, gas, bloating and fatigue. She hoped the illness would subside without treatment, but it worsened with time, forcing her to seek the attention of a doctor.

For more than one month, Smith’s physician struggled to find the source of her infection, until news of the cyclospora outbreak became public, when he was finally able to draw the connection.

McDonald’s Stops Selling Salads Due to Cyclospora Contamination
On July 12, 2018, health officials from Iowa and Illinois announced that cyclospora outbreaks in those states had been linked to contaminated salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants. The next day, McDonald’s said it would stop selling the salads at affected locations until it could find a new lettuce produce supplier.

“We are in the process of removing existing lettuce blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers – which includes approximately 3,000 of our U.S. restaurants — primarily located in the Midwest,” McDonald’s said in a newsroom bulletin.

Of the 3,000 restaurants, at least one is located in the following states: IL, IA, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, SD, MT, ND, KY, WV, and MO.

Illinois is currently reporting about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis associated with McDonald’s salads since mid-May, and Iowa is reporting 15 cases since late June, according to CNN.

The Plaintiff is represented by Ron Simon & Associates.


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