DES MOINES (AP) — Women from Iowa and Nebraska have filed lawsuits against the company that owns the Olive Garden restaurants, saying they became sick after eating at the business.
Federal court documents show that Kelly Kunc of Hiawatha, Iowa, and Joyce Nendza of Holt County, Neb., filed the lawsuits.
Minneapolis lawyer Ryan Osterholm, who filed the lawsuits, said Kunc ate at an Olive Garden in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He said Nendza ate at a Sioux City, Iowa, Olive Garden.
The suits were filed again Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which owns both the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurant chains.
The Food and Drug Administration has blamed an outbreak of severe stomach illnesses linked to the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite on salad served at the restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska that was supplied by a Mexican farm. A Darden spokesman declined to comment.
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