Salmonella in Chicken Causes Septicemia, Foster Farms Linked to Outbreak in CA and Other States
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.