Stewart Parnell, former CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), will be going to trial for selling peanuts tainted with Salmonella bacteria. The tainted peanuts were the source of an outbreak in 2008-09 that killed 9 people and seriously sickened hundreds of others. If convicted on all 76 counts of the indictment, Parnell faces a maximum 754 years in prison and $17 million in fines.
Fox 9 News out of Minneapolis, MN, interviewed Jeff Almer, the son of Shirley Almer, one of the 9 people who died in the outbreak. Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who represented Almer and his family in a wrongful death suit against PCA, was also interviewed.
After over a year of people getting Salmonella food poisoning after eating Foster Farms chicken, the company finally recalled a few products. The recall, not publicized until the July 4 holiday, was issued after the USDA found Salmonella Heidelberg in a package of Foster Farms chicken in the freezer of a person who was diagnosed with a Salmonella Heidelberg infection. The ill person’s family purchased the chicken in April of 2014 and put it in the freezer. Another package of chicken purchased by the family at the same time was opened in May, cooked and eaten by the family member who was later diagnosed with Salmonella.
The DNA of the Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria that sickened this person has the same pattern as one of the Salmonella Heidelberg strains (there are 7) that has sickened over 600 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico: Alabama (2), Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (25), California (519), Colorado (9), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (5), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (5), Montana (1), North Carolina (1), Nevada (11), New Mexico (2), Oregon (20), Puerto Rico (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (13), Utah (6), Virginia (4), Washington (23), West Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (1).
Recalled Chicken Products
The July 4, 2014 recall announcement states:
The recalled product includes fresh chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names, with varying “use or freeze by”dates ranging from March 16 through March 31, 2014, and frozen Sunland Chicken products with “best by” dates from March 7 through March 11, 2015. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken products were produced from March 7 through March 13, 2014.
The retailers involved in the outbreak include Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and others. The products were sold under the following brands: Foster Farms, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway, Valbest and Sunland. A full list of chicken products subject to recall can be accessed here.
“Although this outbreak is over a year old, this is the only recall of potentially contaminated chicken. Chicken processed prior to March of 2014 that has been associated with this outbreak should also be recalled,” said Fred Pritzker, a national food safety lawyer who helps outbreak victims hold food companies accountable for selling food tainted with dangerous pathogens. “It is highly likely that some of this chicken is still in consumers’ freezers.”
Get Your Free Consultation
You have the legal right to sue for compensation if you are part of this outbreak. You can click here now to contact our Salmonella lawyers and get your free consultation. We can help you find out if you are part of this outbreak. If you know you are part of the outbreak, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
A outbreak of Salmonella infections in the Chicago area has been linked to the deli at the Jewel Osco store in Tinley Park, Illinois. The outbreak investigation points to deli meat tainted with Salmonella bacteria as the probable source of the outbreak. The store is located at 17117 Harlem Ave.
To date, 3 people have confirmed cases of the outbreak strain of Salmonella. At least 6 others have suspected cases, and the Cook County Health Department is awaiting test results.
Attorney Brendan Flaherty is Investigating This Outbreak
Brendan has helped people sickened in numerous outbreaks of Salmonella food poisoning get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and emotional distress. He is also one of the few attorneys in the U.S. who has won money for families after the wrongful death of a loved one who ate food contaminated with Salmonella.
Three people in Russellville, Alabama have been diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning, and another 9 people may also be sick. The Alabama State Health Department is awaiting the results of tests, including pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), to determine who many cases are part of the outbreak.
Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers said the department believes the cause could be a single source in Russellville, which all the cases had exposure to. Landers said the confirmed cases appear to have been contracted between June 4 and 5.
Evidence gathered to date points to a restaurant as the source of the contaminated food that caused the outbreak.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim against a Restaurant?
If you believe you or a family member was sickened at a restaurant, you can contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have helped many, many people like you get compensation for Salmonella food poisoning from restaurant food.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a Salmonella Atlas, compiled from 40 years of outbreak data. Although there are more than 2,500 subtypes of Salmonella, most cases of Salmonella infection are caused by just 100 subtypes. The 32 most common subtypes are profiled in the atlas.
Each profile has five maps and eight graphs. The maps in the atlas show the age-standardized rate by county over certain years. There is a map for 1968-1975, 1976-1983, 1984-1991, 1992-1998, 1999-2005 and 2006-2011.
The information from the graphs is as follows: Rate of Isolates Per 100,000 Population; Percentage of Reported Isolates by Specimen Source; Percentage of Isolates Reported By Age Group and Month; Rate of Reported Isolates By Age Group and Year; Median Age of Persons Whose Specimens Yielded Isolates By Month; Median Age of Persons Whose Specimens Yielded Isolates By year; Percentage of Reported Isolates By Age Group; and Sex and Percentage of Non-Human Isolates by animal source in clinical and non-clinical settings.
Salmonella Heidelberg is the subtype associated with the ongoing Salmonella outbreak attributed to Foster Farms chicken which has sickened at least 481 people in 25 states. According to the CDC, for each reported case of Salmonella poisoning. there are 29.3 others. Using that multiplier, 14,093 people have been sickened by Foster Farms chicken over the last nine months
The Salmonella Heidelberg profile in the atlas shows that chicken accounted for over 50 percent of all Heidelberg isolates found in clinical settings and more than 73 percent of Heidelberg isolates in non -clinical settings. The two maps show the concentration of Salmonella in 1968-1975 and 2006-2011. Blue is the lowest reported level, red is the highest.