Yes, if you got Salmonella food poisoning from almond butter or peanut butter, you may have a claim against the company that made the nut butter, and possibly others. You can click here now to contact a Salmonella attorney about a lawsuit for compensation.
Peanut Butter Recall Issued by nSpired Natural Foods
A peanut butter Salmonella outbreak has been linked to almond butter made by nSpired Natural Foods and sold under brand names including Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha. The private label store brands of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Kroger also were named in the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people in four states have been sickened, one person has been hospitalized.
Health officials used pulsed field gel electrophoresis and whole genome sequencing tests to identify the outbreak strain, Salmonella Braenderup, in the four patients and in environmental samples collected from the nSpired Natural Foods plant in January and July 2014. A 2014 inspection by a team of FDA food safety experts found flaws at the plant in Ashland, Oregon, that included hard-to-clean floors, an unclean food contact surface and almond-handling equipment that was cracked or roughly welded in ways that could harbor and grow pathogens. A lawsuit would seek to hold the company accountable.
The four case patients, from Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas, reported onset of illness dates ranging from January 22, 2014, to May 16, 2014. They range in age from 3 to 83. The median age is 36. Three of the four patients are female.
nSpired Foods issued a recall for the products. To see a complete list click here. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products should not eat them as Salmonella causes illness that can be severe.
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning usually develop within 12 to 72 hours of exposure and include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, nausea, chills and headache. For some people, the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. These patients are at risk for having the infection spread from their intestines to the blood stream which can be fatal without prompt antibiotic treatment. Children are at special risk. Anyone who has eaten the recalled product and has these symptoms should see a doctor.
A 17-month Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken has ended after sickening 634 people in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 200 people were hospitalized, about 80 of them with severe blood infections.
Four of the seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria were resistant to several antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria causes infections that are more severe and more difficult to treat. This outbreak had twice the average hospitalization rate and three times the average rate for blood infections. After symptoms of the initial infection resolve, long-term health effects from salmonellosis such as reactive arthritis, can occur.
The tainted chicken was sold at Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other stores under a variety of brand names. A full list of chicken products subject to recall can be accessed here.
The 634 cases were reported from the following states: Alabama (1), Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (25), California (490), Colorado (9), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (5), Illinois (4), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (5), Montana (1), Nevada (11), New Mexico (2), North Carolina (1), Oregon (17), Puerto Rico (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (13), Utah (6), Virginia (4), Washington (20), West Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1).
The patients ranged in age from less than 1 year old to 93 years old. The median age was 18. Cases were split equally along gender lines. No deaths have been reported.
If you believe you or a family member was sickened by Foster Farms chicken, contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have helped many, many people like you get compensation for Salmonella food poisoning.
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.”
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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.