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Salmonella Contamination Lawsuits

Salmonella Contamination Lawsuits

Salmonella Contamination Lawsuits

Salmonella | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Food Poisoning: Illness, Outbreak, Exposure | Bacteria, Contamination

On February 14, 2007, the FDA warned consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes illness). The contaminated jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number 2111. ConAgra manufactures both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands in a single facility in Sylvester, Georgia. Great Value (a Wal-Mart brand) peanut butter made elsewhere is not affected. Consumers have been told to throw away either of these peanut butter brands if they were purchased since May 2006.

Salmonella is a bacterial food poisoning that causes swelling of the lining of the stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis). Ingesting foods contaminated with significant amounts of salmonella infects the majority of people. Only a small proportion of infected people are tested and diagnosed, and as little as 1% of cases are actually reported. Salmonella poisoning normally occurs in small, localized outbreaks in the general population or in large outbreaks in hospitals, restaurants, or institutions for children and the elderly. In the United States, Salmonella is responsible for about 15% of all cases of food poisoning.

Anyone may contract Salmonella food poisoning, but the disease is most serious in infants, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems. In these individuals, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, resulting in death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. In addition, people who have had part or all of their stomach or their spleens removed, or who have sickle cell anemia, cirrhosis of the liver, leukemia, lymphoma, malaria, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are extremely susceptible to Salmonella food poisoning.

Causes and symptoms

Salmonella food poisoning can arise when someone drinks unpasteurized milk or eats undercooked chicken or eggs, or salad dressings or desserts containing raw eggs. Any food can become contaminated during preparation if conditions and equipment for food preparation are unsanitary. Symptoms generally appear about one-two days after infection, and include fever (in 50% of patients), nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps and pain. The illness usually ends in about five-seven days. Other infections that can be caused by Salmonella include:

  • Bone infections
  • Joint infections
  • Infection of the sac containing the heart
  • Infection of the tissues, which cover the brain and spinal cord
  • Infection of the liver (hepatitis)
  • Lung infections

Legal Help for Victims

If you or a loved one has been infected with salmonella poisoning you may have valuable legal rights, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified diseases attorney. Alternatively, call our toll free number: 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Some 200 unlucky Las Vegas patrons who chose to eat at Firefly, a tapas restaurant and one of Sin City’s hottest restaurants, have reported food poisoning symptoms.Salmonella is considered the likely culprit, according to an Associated Press (AP) report picked up by the Washington Post, and Southern Nevada health officials describe it as among the largest outbreaks seen in the region in about a decade. Salmonella infection is usually caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs...

29 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Potentially linked to Peanut Butter Recalled by Trader Joe's

Sep 24, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
Retailer Trader Joe’s has issued a recall on its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The company said it is not aware of anyone becoming ill after eating the peanut butter product included in the recall and that its action is being taken out of “utmost caution and care,” according to a statement released by the company on Saturday. The details included in the statement from Trader Joe’s are vague. The company...

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey

Aug 3, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
On Tuesday, federal officials issued a health alert saying contaminated ground turkey is linked to the nationwide outbreak of salmonella food poisoning.  The evidence so far points to a single ground turkey factory, but officials declined to identify it or the company involved, reported the New York Times. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture contacted the meat processor Cargill, and asked that the company provide information as part of the salmonella investigation.  Since...

Salmonella Eggs May be Tied to Tainted Feed

Aug 27, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Not surprisingly, Salmonella bacteria was found in chicken feed and in a few areas at the Wright County Egg Company, wrote CNN. Federal investigators found Salmonella in barn and walkway locations and believe feed or feed ingredients might have become tainted after heat treatment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Sherri McGarry of the FDA said Salmonella was found in the farm’s food mill and in manure, adding that samples are still being drawn at Hillandale Farms, said...

Salmonella Egg Warning Delayed

Aug 26, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
State and federal health agencies knew Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa was probably the source of the Salmonella outbreak a couple of weeks before the public was advised on August 13th,said USA Today, citing health officials it interviewed. As far back as late July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thought about advising consumer to not eat undercooked eggs, according to Ian Williams, CDC chief of outbreak response, said USA Today. Instead of issuing a warning, the...

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