NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Parker Waichman LLP (http://www.yourlawyer.com) and Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP has filed a lawsuit against ConAgra Foods Inc. (NYSE:CAG – News) on behalf of a 12 year old boy who contracted salmonella after eating Peter Pan peanut butter. The case was filed yesterday in the Fourteenth Judicial District of Louisiana in Lake Charles, Louisiana (Docket #2007-000939D). The suit alleges that ConAgra’s negligence, design defects, violations of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et. seq.) and inadequate warnings all contributed to the peanut butter contamination and subsequent outbreak of salmonella. The firms have been contacted by thousands of people who became sick after ingesting contaminated peanut butter manufactured by ConAgra.
If you believe you became ill after eating contaminated peanut butter, you can request a free case evaluation by visiting http://www.peanut-butter-recall.com or by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
Peter Pan and Great Value Product Code 2111 Recalled
On February 14, 2007, ConAgra Foods recalled lots of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter due to salmonella contamination and widespread reports of related illness in multiple states. The FDA warned the public not to eat Peter Pan or Great Value (a Wal-Mart brand manufactured by ConAgra) to avoid becoming sick with Salmonellosis. The recalled peanut butter jars have product code beginning with “2111” on the jar lid. Consumers are being advised to avoid the recalled peanut butter. This lot of peanut butter was 1st manufactured in May 2006 and continued through the February, 2007 recall. ConAgra manufactures both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands in the company’s Sylvester, Georgia facility. The FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra’s processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.
CDC Investigation Into Salmonella Tennessee Outbreak
Salmonella Tennessee is a bacterium that causes illness when ingested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “CDC,” released a study on February 13 that drew the connection between 288 cases of food borne illness in 39 states to consumption of certain types of Peter Pan peanut butter. While most infections seem to be in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri, there are victims in almost every state in the country. The first illness from the current peanut butter epidemic may have come in August 2006. As a result of broad epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, the CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness.
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About Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP has represented injury victims and their families for almost three decades. The firm represents victims of serious injury and death resulting from offshore and maritime incidents, automobile accidents, dangerous products, medical negligence, workplace accidents, and environmental exposure to dangerous and toxic substances. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP is involved in a variety of class actions against manufacturers of dangerous products and unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. For more information on Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP please visit http://www.nbalawfirm.com.
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