A Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn has expanded to include 111 people in 12 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 26 percent of those sickened have been hospitalized, a rate that is higher than the average of 20 percent.
The sprouts were served at restaurants and sold in stores on the East Coast. Since the last CDC update on December 4, an additional 24 illnesses have been reported and the outbreak has spread to another state, Maryland.
Health official believe the sprouts are no longer in circulation as Wonton Foods agreed to destroy any bean sprouts remaining on November 21 when the outbreak was first announced and then closed its manufacturing facility for cleaning. The firm resumed production on November 24, and began shipping sprouts again November 29.
But those actions to protect consumer health come to late for the 111 people struck with Salmonella poisoning some left with sizable medical bills and others who face long-term consequences of the illness such as reactive arthritis which causes painful joint inflammation. The illnesses were reported in the following states: Connecticut 3, Maine 4, Maryland 5, Massachusetts 34, Montana 1, New Hampshire 6, New York, 21, Ohio 3, Pennsylvania 17, Rhode Island 7, Vermont 3, Virginia 1.
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Five foodhandlers at the Delaney House restaurant in Holyoke, Massachusetts, tested positive for Salmonella during a health department investigation of an outbreak of salmonellosis. According to a letter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Holyoke Board of Health, 19 confirmed Salmonella cases “and additional suspect cases” were traced back to 10 different events at the Delaney House from November 11 through November 15.
Some of the infected workers were assigned to events outside the Delaney House , including the Log Cabin takeout restaurant “and various catered events,” the letter from Food Protection Program Director Michael Moore said. Moore’s letter said an inspection of the facilities on November 25 uncovered three violations, including a worker handling clean dishes just after handling dirty dishes. Another violation was that the rinse cycle on the dishwasher did not meet the state’s 180-degree threshold for hot rinse. Moore directed that the infected restaurant workers be kept away from the facilities until submitting two stool sample results taken 24 hours apart that are both negative for Salmonella.
Peter Rosskothen, co-owner of the Delaney House restaurant, told MassLive.com that a subsequent inspection found the facilities to be compliant and safe. Part of the regulatory directions were for the restaurant to sanitize itself and discard any open or exposed food. Holyoke Board of Health had the option to temporarily close the restaurant, but didn’t.
If you or a loved one were sickened in this outbreak, contact a Salmonella lawyer at PritzkerOlsen, P.A., for a free case consultation and a discussion of your legal rights and options. We take no fee unless we win and our clients have received millions in damage claims. Restaurants can be held liable for outbreaks of foodborne illness even when the precise cause of the infections are not pinpointed. Attorneys for PritzkerOlsen are conducting their own investigation of the outbreak and will assemble data collected by the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Health and the Holyoke Board of Health.
A Salmonella bean sprout outbreak has now sickened 87 people in 11 states and hospitalized 14. The company linked to the outbreak, Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn, briefly suspended production to clean its facility, but resumed production on November 29.
Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) last update, November 25, the outbreak has grown to include 19 additional cases and spread to one new state, Virginia. The total number of people sickened in each state is as follows: Connecticut (7), Maine (3), Massachusetts (35), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (14), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), Vermont (3), Virginia (1).
The victims in this outbreak, who range in age from younger than 1 year to 83 year old, reported onset of illness from September 30, 2014 to November 14, 2014. Fifty-nine percent are female. The median age is 32.
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea that can be watery or bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the infection can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe, life-threatening illnesses.
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Salmonella attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are investigating the causes of a Salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Food Inc. of Brooklyn, New York. According to information still posted by the CDC, bean sprouts produced by this company are unsafe to eat. The firm has reported that their last shipment of bean sprouts was on November 18, after food safety officials from several states traced clusters of human Salmonella infection to the product.
According to the CDC, 68 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis in 10 states since September 30, 2014. No deaths have been reported, but more than a quarter of case patients were hospitalized. Pritzker is advising victims of this outbreak to be aware of Salmonella’s long-term health implications, including the possibility of chronic arthritis, while deciding how to hold the company accountable for selling food tainted by a pathogen. Prtizker’s law firm is one of the very few in the U.S. practicing heavily in the area of foodborne illness and he has won tens of millions for victims of past Salmonella outbreaks. His clients have included others who have suffered food poisoning from eating contaminated sprouts. For representation or a free consultation, call 1-888-377-8900 or contact Fred online.
The widespread outbreak hit hardest in Massachusetts, but also has sickened consumers in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Many of the victims ate the Wonton Food bean sprouts at restaurants. In some people, the diarrhea was so severe that the patient needed to be hospitalized. Those patients carried the risk of Salmonella infection spreading from their intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites. The FDA’s inspection of Wonton Food could provide important information about the cause of this outbreak. The company is a nationwide seller of various foods used in Oriental cuisine and has expanded over the past 40 years to include plants in New York, Texas and Tennessee.
Salmonella in bean sprouts from Wonton Food Inc. in New York has sickened 68 people in 10 states. Eleven people have been hospitalized.
State health departments have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation of the outbreak which has identified sprouts from Wonton Foods as the source of the outbreak.
Some who were sickened ate sprouts on food they ordered at restaurants. Health officials say restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from this firm, but a recall has not been issued.
Consumers who have purchased these sprouts should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, which include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last seven days. For some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients are at heightened risk of developing a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood stream.
Consumers who have been sickened by these sprouts and would like a free, no-obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer should contact PritzkerOlsen, a national food safety law firm.