October 28, 2016

Law Firm Files First Pistachio Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit

The first lawsuit stemming from the Pistachio Salmonella outbreak in behalf of a Minnesota man who developed a Salmonella infection after eating Wonderful brand pistachios has been filed. The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Case 0:16-cv-00676) According to the complaint, the man ate Wonderful pistachios in February and then became ill with symptoms of a Salmonella infection including stomach cramps and diarrhea. He saw a doctor and was diagnosed with a Salmonella Montevideo infection through tests on a stool sample. Further testing showed the strain that sickened the man was a genetic match to the strain linked to the outbreak strain that has sickened 11 other people from December 2015 to February … [Read more...]

Salmonella at DC Fig & Olive May Have Sickened 160 in 5 States

A Salmonella outbreak at the Washington, DC City Center Fig & Olive may have sickened as many as 160 people, according to the DC Department of Health (DOH). Ten cases have been confirmed and another 150 cases from five states are being investigated. Those states have not been named. Health officials say anyone who ate at the restaurant and developed symptoms of a Salmonella infection including fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhea that may have been bloody, should see a doctor and mention possible Salmonella exposure. A stool culture can confirm an infection and determine if it it part of the outbreak. The restaurant reopened today after a six-day closure triggered by the outbreak. Health investigators say they were able to confirm through follow-up inspections that the … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Chipotle

The nationally recognized food safety law firm of Pritzker Law has filed a lawsuit (0:15-cv-03668) against Chipotle Mexican Grill on behalf of a client who was sickened with a Salmonella infection after eating at the restaurant in Maplewood, Minnesota. She ate at the restaurant on August 28, 2015, and got sick on August 31, 2015. At least 44 other people are sick with Salmonella infections in Minnesota that are linked to the restaurant. Thirty-four of the thirty-six people interviewed by public health officials stated that they ate at Chipotle restaurants the week before they got sick. Patients ate at the restaurants between August 16 and 26, 2015, and became ill between August 20 and 29, 2015. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, seventeen Chipotle restaurants may be … [Read more...]

560,000 Customers Exposed Over 10 Days in MN Chipotle Salmonella Outbreak

Minnesotans love their Chipotle. During the 10-day period in August when Minnesota locations unknowingly stocked produce contaminated with Salmonella, they served 560,000 customers. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that a Salmonella outbreak linked to food served at Minnesota Chipotle restaurants has sickened 45 people. So far, illnesses have been linked to 17 locations. There are at least 60 Chipotle locations in Minnesota, according to the company's website. Because many cases of salmonellosis go undiagnosed,  MDH said the number of those sickened is likely to be much higher and they are urging people who have become ill with symptoms of salmonellosis to see a health care provider and mention exposure to Salmonella at Chipotle. Symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Arizona Stores That Sold Cucumbers Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

With 66 reported cases, Arizona has been hardest hit by the deadly 27-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico.  Grocery stores in Arizona that sold the recalled cucumbers include Walmart, WinCo and Food 4 Less. Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego issued a recall for the cucumbers on September 5. The recall includes cucumbers sold at the these stores from August 1 through September 3. These stores have removed the recalled cucumbers from all locations.  Consumers who have any of these cucumbers at home should not eat them. Those who purchased and consumed them already should monitor themselves for symptoms. See a doctor and mention possible exposure to Salmonella if these symptoms develop.  Stool tests can determine if an illness is linked to the … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files First Salmonella Red Lobster Lawsuit

The first lawsuit has been filed against Red Lobster and A&W Fresh Produce on behalf of a client sickened with Salmonella food poisoning after eating cucumbers distributed by A&W at that restaurant. The recalled cucumbers were imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williams Fresh Produce of California. This may become part of a class action lawsuit. The client is part of a large multistate outbreak of people sickened with Salmonella infections after eating slicer, or American cucumbers grown and by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico.  At least 285 people (perhaps 291, if case counts by state are more accurate) are sick in 27 states. The minor client ate at a Red Lobster restaurant in Minnesota in early August. Two days later, which is right in the window of the … [Read more...]

Arizona Children Hit Hard in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

The Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico has sickened 66 people in Arizona; 75%, or 49, are children age 17 or younger. (The CDC has the Arizona case count at 60.) About 35% of cases in that state have been hospitalized. Arizona is one of 27 states that are part of this huge outbreak, which has sickened 285 people in 27 states. The hospitalization rate in this outbreak is high. Overall, nineteen percent of those sickened have been hospitalized because of their illness; and one person has died. We don't know if this high hospitalization rate is because the Salmonella bacteria are antibiotic-resistant, or because many of those sickened are children, who typically suffer more complications with food poisoning. The median age in this outbreak is 15. About 32% … [Read more...]

Osamu Recalls Frozen Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia that is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health investigators found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened packages of the product. The recalled tuna includes loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms. This tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who then sold it to sushi restaurants and grocery stores that made packaged sushi rolls for customers to purchase and take home. The tuna was sold throughout the country from May 9, 2014 to July 9, 2015 with all sequential four digit Purchase Order Numbers 8563 through 8599. Consumers who are concerned about whether or not they purchased this product should check with the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Seattle’s Tallulah Restaurant Sickens 16

A Salmonella outbreak has been reported at Tallulah's restaurant in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, according to the Seattle Times. King County reports that about 200 to 300 Salmonella cases are reported every year. In this outbreak, at least 16 people were sickened. The outbreak occurred June 21, 2015; the restaurant is at 550 19th Avenue East in Seattle, Washington. Patients range in age from 4 to 71. Nine cases were confirmed; seven cases are probable. One person had to be hospitalized because of their illness. The illnesses were linked to crab and ham Eggs Benedict dishes, which were served with a sauce made from raw eggs. The menu had a warning label to inform customers that dishes made with raw or undercooked foods such as eggs could cause food poisoning. Restaurant … [Read more...]

Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, Osamu Recalls Yellowfin Tuna

After being linked to an 11-state Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 60 people, Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat  processed in Indonesia. The product was distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and institutional kitchens nationwide. The product was also sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA which operates sushi counters in grocery stores. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health have linked two illnesses in that state to AFC tuna. Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased from a grocery store sushi counter contained the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they made the purchase. The recalled product sold in clear packages marked Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568). … [Read more...]

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