May 24, 2022

Newton County Officials Name Georgia Caterer Associated with Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The Newton County Health Department in Georgia has released an update on the Salmonella outbreak in that area that has sickened at least 70 people and hospitalized 4. The first outbreak was reportedly among attendees at a closed, invitation-only event that was held on April 28, 2018.

Salmonella Outbreak Plain Nuts Catering & Deli

The caterer that provided food for that event was Plain Nuts Catering & Deli. All food and drink items along with other possibilities of exposure were investigated. Officials also developed a survey and sent it out to attendees.

During the investigation, more cases of illness were reported, which included one case of Salmonella poisoning. those people did not attend that event but did eat food that was prepared by Plain Nuts Catering & Deli.

Then on May 15, more illnesses, including a confirmed case of Salmonella, were reported among people attending a separate function held on May 9, 2018 in Social Circle, Georgia. Investigation of those illnesses identified food prepared by that same caterer.

The catering facility has closed until a full investigation can be conducted. The last case was reported on May 9, 2018. The press release states, “There is no indication of an ongoing threat of Salmonella infections related to this outbreak.”

Plain Nuts Catering & Deli has been cooperating with the Health Department and provided all information that has been requested by public health officials. On-site training has been provided to all staff and more screening of food service staff is underway.And the facility is undergoing a “full enhanced cleaning” before they can re-open after the Salmonella outbreak.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, joint pain, abdominal and stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that may be bloody. Most people do not see a doctor when they contract this illness. But the long term health effects of salmonellosis can be serious, including reactive arthritis and high blood pressure. If you ate food prepared by Plain Nuts Catering & Deli and have been sick, see your doctor. You may be part of this Salmonella outbreak.

Pritzker Hageman law firm helps people sickened by food contaminated with Salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria get answers, compensation and justice. We protect our client’s legal rights. Our lawyersĀ represent clients and families of childrenĀ in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against caterers, restaurants, grocery stores, food producers, retailers, and schools. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won a multimillion dollar settlement for a young child who had to undergo brain surgery after a Salmonella infection. You should know that class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate for outbreak cases because every case is different.

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