June 18, 2018

Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin Added to States That Sold Melon; Lawsuits

The FDA has issued more information about the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to recalled precut melon. That outbreak has sickened at least 60 people in 5 states, and hospitalized 66% of the patients. Now the government has revealed that the recalled melons were also sold in Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. That means the recalled precut melon has been sold in 12 states. The states where the recalled melon was sold include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The stores that carried the melons include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. You can see the long 24-page list of stores, … [Read more...]

Attorneys File Second Lawsuit in Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Sold at Kwik Trip; More Will Sue

Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have filed a second lawsuit in the multistate cyclospora outbreak that is linked to recalled Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This suit was filed in the State of Wisconsin Circuit Court in Eau Claire County. Their client lives in Eau Clare County, Wisconsin. The defendants are Del Monte Fresh Product, Inc., and Kwik Trip. Their client bought multiple Del Monte Vegetable Trays at a Kwik Trip in Eau Claire from May 14 through May 29, 2018. On May 30, 2018, she began suffering nausea and stomach pain. The next day, she suffered vomiting and diarrhea, which was debilitating. She visited her doctor on June 8, 2018. A stool sample yielded a positive test for Cyclospora the next day. She was prescribed an … [Read more...]

Iowa Added to States Where Recalled Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Was Sold, Joining GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, and OH; Lawsuits Filed

Iowa was added to the states where recalled precut melon linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak was sold, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday. That means the melon was sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to that product has sickened at least 60 people in five states. The case count is: Michigan (32), Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence shows that the pre-cut melon that was supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. Most of the ill persons said they ate pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or a fruit salad mix made … [Read more...]

E. coli O111 Outbreak at Daycare in Beaverton, Oregon Sickens Five

An E. coli O111 outbreak at a daycare center in Beaverton, Oregon has sickened five people, according to Wendy Gordon, Communications Director for Washington County Health and Human Services. She told Food Poisoning Bulletin that there are five confirmed cases. Four of the patients have E. coli O111 infections; the fifth is awaiting serotype results. None of the cases have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure, and none have been hospitalized. Public health officials do not know how the pathogenic bacteria was introduced into the facility. The investigation is ongoing. Unfortunately, E. outbreaks at daycare centers have occurred before. An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter last year sickened 32 people in 12 states … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak in Tennessee Updated by Knox County Health Department; Lawsuits May Be Filed

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Tennessee associated with raw milk and contact with farm animals has been updated by the Knox County Health Department. The media release states, "To date, more than 10 cases of E. coli O157 have been reported to KCHD all are among young children. No new E. coli cases were reported over the weekend. However the incubation period for E. coli is two to 10 days." At least four of those children have been hospitalized; all have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. The common link among most of the sick children in this E. coli O157 outbreak  is raw milk from French Broad Farm, a local cow-share dairy in Knox County. Public health officials are advising the public not to consume raw ilk or any other unpasteurized products they may have … [Read more...]

Lawyers File First MN Cyclospora Lawsuit Against Del Monte Fresh Produce; Others May Sue

Lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have filed the first cyclospora lawsuit against Del Monte Fresh Product on June 12, 2018. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. A cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 14 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin was announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on June 8, 2018. Four case patients live in Minnesota; eleven live in Wisconsin. The outbreak announcement stated that Del Monte Vegetable Trays sold at Kwik Trip locations in the two states were being recalled and that they "pose a potential health risk." All of the patients identified in this outbreak stated they purchased those products before getting sick. Public health officials believe that this outbreak will continue to … [Read more...]

Attorneys File First Salmonella Lawsuit in Ohio; Others May Sue

The first Salmonella lawsuit in the multistate outbreak that is linked to precut melons has been filed by Pritzker Hageman attorneys. Their client is a 73-year-old woman who ate the fruit that was allegedly purchased from a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio just before Mother's Day 2018. The woman was hospitalized and needed surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in her abdomen that developed after the infection. She spent days in the hospital and is recovering in a nursing home. The Salmonella lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has successfully represented many clients sickened with this pathogenic bacteria, and is the lead lawyer in this Salmonella lawsuit, said, "As this case illustrates, Salmonella is a … [Read more...]

Michigan Hard Hit in Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Filed

Michigan has been hit hard in the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to precut melon products. The melons were sold at  produced by Caito Foods of Indiana and were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon stories in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Of the 60 patients identified so far in this outbreak, 32 live in Michigan. We don't know why there are so many outbreak patients in that state. Other patients inn this outbreak live in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. It's possible that this outbreak will grow, since it takes a few weeks from the time that a person gets sick, until they see a doctor, are tested, and those test results are reported … [Read more...]

Lawyers Retained for Melon Salmonella Lawsuit For Woman Who Purchased Melons at Walmart

Pritzker Hageman lawyers have been retained for a Salmonella lawsuit against Walmart. A 73-year-old woman from Ohio allegedly contracted salmonellosis in May 2018 after eating precut melons purchased from a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio. Melons and salads containing melons produced by Caito Foods have been recalled in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Outbreak patients live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. Their client needed surgery after she developed an abdominal aortic aneurism. She was hospitalized for days and is recovering in a nursing home. The Salmonella lawsuit will be filed today or tomorrow. She is allegedly part of a multistate Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is associated with those products that were … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Precut Melons; Attorney Explains How the Fruit Gets Contaminated

A multistate Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melons has sickened at least 60 people. The precut melons were sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon locations.   The case count by state is: Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Michigan (32), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Out of 47 people who have been interviewed by public health officials, 31, or 66%, have been hospitalized. But how does this type of food become contaminated in the first place? Fruit isn't a typical source of pathogenic bacteria like ground beef or chicken. Where does the bacteria come from? Foodborne illness from fresh fruit is caused by … [Read more...]

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