At least 9 people in the Bradley County Jail in Cleveland, Tennessee, got salmonella poisoning after eating chicken products made with Tyson mechanically separated chicken, according to the CDC and Tennessee Department. Tyson has recalled about 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products in response to this outbreak.
Inmates at a jail can sue for Salmonella food poisoning to get compensation for pain, emotional distress and other damages. You can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm for a free case review (click here now).
Mechanically separated chicken is a paste-like chicken product produced by forcing the poultry through a sieve to separate the bone from the edible tissue. it is used to make chicken nuggets, chicken patties, popcorn chicken and other products.
Salmonella Heidelberg Outbreak is Multistate
This outbreak is be larger than initially thought. At least 19 people in 12 other states (in addition to Tennessee) may have been sickened by the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. If so, these cases were most likely also caused by the recalled Tyson mechanically separated chicken. Fred and Ryan have been contacted by people sickened in another state.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm represent victims of Salmonella poisoning throughout the United States.
Tyson Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Investigation
The CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) have collaborated on the investigation of this outbreak. The investigation pinpointed mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods, Inc. as the likely source of the outbreak at Bradley County Jail. This means that others sickened in the outbreak were most likely also sicked by this Tyson Foods product.
The people sickened in this outbreak began getting sick as follows:
- The people at the Bradley County Jail in Cleveland, TN had illness onset dates ranging from November 28, 2013 to November 29, 2013; and
- the 19 additional persons from 12 other states had illness onset dates ranging from October 22, 2013 to December 15, 2013.
Health officials are awaiting the results of additional testing to determine if all of the 19 Salmonella Heidelberg cases are part of this outbreak. The names of these states will not be released until it is determined if they are part of this outbreak.
The CDC released the following information about the Tennessee cases:
Among persons in the Bradley County Jail for whom information is available,ill persons range in age from 22 years to 50 years, with a median age of 36 years. Of the 9 people sickened, 2 were hospitalized.
In interviews, ill persons at the Tennessee correctional facility answered questions about foods consumed and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Eight (89%) of 9 ill persons interviewed reported consuming foods containing mechanically separated chicken in the week before becoming ill. Investigations at the correctional facility determined that the chicken served during the exposure period was Tyson brand mechanically separated chicken.
You can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm for a free case review.
The Salmonella outbreak linked to non-dairy cheeses made from raw cashews is not the first Salmonella outbreak linked to nuts. Over the last 10 years, illnesses from Salmonella have been linked to a variety of nuts including pine nuts, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds.
The current outbreak has sickened 14 people in three states, hospitalizing three of them. In California, 12 illnesses have been reported. Nevada and Wyoming each have one case.
In 2011, the last multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to nuts, 43 people in five states contracted Salmonella infections from imported Turkish pine nuts sold in bulk bins at Wegmen’s grocery stores. Salmonella attorneys at Pritzker Olsen filed suit on behalf of a woman from New York who was hospitalized.
If you have questions about an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak, contact Pritzker Olsen, one of the only law firms in the country with an extensive practice in food safety.
Pritzker Olsen attorneys have investigated a number of Salmonella outbreaks linked to nuts including:
A 2009 Salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios that prompted Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Calif., the nation’s second-largest pistachio processor, to recall 2 million pounds of nuts.
A 2006 Salmonella outbreak that sickeed 100 people in South Carolina who ate peanuts sold at a fair.
An 2003-2004 Salmonella outbreak linked to raw almonds that sickened 29 people in 12 states and Canada. The almonds were produced by Paramount Farms of Lost Hills, Calif. and sold by retailers including Costco and Trader Joe’s. About 18 million pounds of nuts were recalled.
Attorney Fred Pritzker is available for a free Salmonella case review to people who got Salmonella poisoning after eating raw cashew cheese made by The Cultured Kitchen or West Sacramento, CA. He is investigating the DNA evidence connecting these illnesses. This evidence is obtained with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a process that breaks up DNA particles to make a unique genetic pattern.
To date, DNA evidence has connected 14 people in 3 states to this outbreak: California (12), Nevada (1) and Wyoming (1). Fred and his team are expecting this outbreak to grow as more reports of illness are confirmed.
“We urge people who think they are part of this outbreak to get medical attention and ask to be tested for Salmonella poisoning,” said attorney Pritzker, who represents Salmonella victims nationwide and has won millions for his clients. “If Salmonella poisoning is diagnosed, the Salmonella isolate found in the stool sample must be sent to a lab for PFGE analysis,” continued Pritzker.
You can contact Fred for a free consultation regarding this testing and a lawsuit against The Cultured Kitchen and others.
The Salmonella Stanley strain causing these illnesses has only been reported to the CDC 20 times prior to this outbreak. This is further evidence that these people were all sickened by the same source, either directly (eating the cheese) or indirectly (cross-contamination or contact with another outbreak victim).
The people sickened in this outbreak had illness onset dates from November 13, 2013 to December 9, 2013. Those sickened range in age from 2 to 77 years old. Three of them were hospitalized.
After the raw cashew cheese was connected to the Salmonella infections, The Cultured Kitchen recalled all flavors of its cashew cheese products with expiration dates on or before April 19, 2014. The cheese was sold in 8-ounce plastic containers in natural food stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada, and at farmers markets in Sacramento County.
Attorney Fred Pritzker has helped many people sickened by past outbreaks caused by contaminated cheese. You can call him at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or submit our law firm’s free Salmonella case review form (click here now). You can find out if you have a case and if you can file a Salmonella lawsuit against The Cultured Kitchen and others.
Salmonella attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are investigating the Salmonella outbreak linked to cashew cheese products made by The Cultured Kitchen. You can contact Fred for a free case review (click here now) and discuss a Salmonella lawsuit against The Cultured Kitchen and others for compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages (money for days you couldn’t work), pain and suffering, emotional distressed and other damages.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has linked 15 cases of Salmonella with consumption of cashew cheese products manufactured by The Cultured Kitchen. Three patients have been hospitalized. Salmonella infections can lead to sepsis (blood infection), meningitis (brain infection), arthritis, respiratory failure and death.
In response to this outbreak, The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California initiated a voluntary recall of all flavors of its cashew cheese products with expiration dates on or before April 19, 2014. The products were sold in natural food stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada, and at farmers markets in Sacramento County.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may be bloody if the bacteria has caused colitis. Anyone with these symptoms should consult their health care provider immediately.
Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg in Foster Farms Chicken has been linked to 416 illnesses in 23 states, and more will probably be confirmed in the next several weeks. Over 130 of these people were hospitalized, and many of them quickly developed life threatening blood infections (referred to as septicemia or sepsis).
“This outbreak is one of the most serious this year because it involves antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains,” said attorney Fred Pritzker, who helps Salmlonella victims sue food processors, grocery stores, restaurants and others who sell tainted food. “Some of these strains are multidrug resistant.”
The CDC has been testing Salmonella isolates collected from victims of this outbreak. To date, it has found isolates resistant to combinations of the following antibiotics: ampicillin, chloramphenicol, gentamicin, kanamycin, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline.
Fred, who recently won $45,000,000.00 for clients injured by another product, is investigating this outbreak for victims. You can contact Fred and his Bad Bug Law Team for a free Salmonella case review (click here now) and find out if you can sue for compensation, including medical expenses, lost income (time off of work), physical pain, emotional distress and other damages.
People in 23 states have been sickened: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (18), California (310), Colorado (9), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Idaho (4), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (3), Missouri (5), North Carolina (1), Nevada (10), New Mexico (2), Oregon (10), Puerto Rico (1), Texas (10), Utah (2), Virginia (3), Washington (16), and Wisconsin (1).
People started getting sick in March and are still getting sick from the Foster Farms chicken.
“Consumers may still have this tainted chicken in their freezers,” said attorney Fred Pritzker. “Salmonella bacteria are only killed with heat. Freezing them may inhibit colonization, but it will not kill them.”
The outbreak involves 7 genetically different strains of Salmonella Heidelberg. Over half of the Salmonella Heidelberg isolates collected from victims of this outbreak are resistant to one or more antibiotics. Of these, 7 were multidrug resistant, according to the CDC.
Chicken tainted with antibiotic-resistant chicken should not sold. To prevent outbreaks like this one, the following should be done:
- Victims of this outbreak should be very, very well compensated for suffering harm from Foster Farms raw chicken (punitive damages should be considered);
- The practice of feeding antibiotics to chickens should end now (a recent USDA guideline suggests this but it is unenforceable);
- Chicken processors should frequently test for Salmonella and for antibiotic resistance in any isolates found;
- When chicken tests positive for antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, it should be recalled immediately (this is not the law at this time); and
- If companies knowingly sell chicken tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, executives of the company should face criminal charges.