Mango food poisoning litigation has opened in the aftermath of an outbreak of Salmonella that has spread to 16 states and more than 100 people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has associated the illnesses, including 25 hospitalizations, with Daniella brand mangoes and has been working to identify possible other types or sources of mangoes that may be causing the outbreak.
Even if your illness was not life threatening, you could still receive substantial compensation from the companies responsible for this outbreak. National food poisoning law firm Pritzker Olsen Attorneys has years of experience representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks and has won tens of millions for Salmonella victims, including those who have submitted claims for reactive arthritis, a painful and chronic condition that not only causes joint pain but also can lead to blindness and urethra difficulties. To speak to a Salmonella attorney at Pritzker, call 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or leave your contact information online and a lawyer for the firm will respond at your convenience.
This outbreak is associated with a recall of certain lots of Daniella brand mangoes sold by Splendid Products of Burlingame, California. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1). The first illnesses started in early July and continued through the first couple of weeks of August.
When the Kentucky Department of Public Health first announced the deadly Salmonella outbreak associated with cantaloupe, the agency did not identify which farm in southwestern Indiana was associated with the clusters of illness that were receiving national attention. Kentucky, like other states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, kept the information private. But in a delayed action meant to raise the awareness and effectiveness of the related Salmonella cantaloupe recall authorities have identified the grower as Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana.
Kentucky is far and away the hardest hit state in the Chamberlain cantaloupe recall and outbreak, with two deaths and at least 50 confirmed case patients. In 20 other states, more than 125 others have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in an outbreak still under investigation and actively tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the second deadly cantaloupe food poisoning outbreak to hit the United States in less than a year.
The Chamberlain recall confirms that Kentucky was one of seven states targeted for direct shipment of cantaloupes from the farm. The melons received further distribution that isn’t easily traceable. The FDA has not said how many cantaloupes were distributed, but Chamberlain has agreed to suspend its commercial melon operations for the remainder of the season. The FDA said that identifying Chamberlain as the farm associated with the outbreak will facilitate removal of the product from the market and ensure the widest possible awareness of the recall. Krogers, Marsh, Meijer, Schnucks and Wal-mart (Walmart) stores have all removed cantaloupe from their shelves. One of Mississippi’s case patients reported purchasing whole cantaloupe from Walmart.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Steve Davis, M.D., has put physicians in the state on alert to be mindful of patients who may have symptoms consistent with salmonellosis and report all cases to the local health department. Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.
Yes, in many states you can sue Walmart for Salmonella food poisoning caused by cantaloupe sold at a Walmart store. In most states a Salmonella victim can sue the grower, processor, distributor, trucker and retailer for money to pay medical bills and additional compensation for pain, emotional suffering and time off of work. It is important to have a lot of companies to sue because you want to have as much insurance money as possible available to pay your claims. In most cases, a company’s insurance covers lawsuits for food poisoning. These policies usually pay up to a certain amount for each outbreak of illness.
You should contact Fred Pritzker, lead Salmonella lawyer for our national food safety law firm. Fred recently won $4.5 million for a food poisoning victim sickened by another food product (not sold at Walmart), and he is now available to help you get you the compensation you deserve.Get a Free Salmonella Case Review Here.
Walmart Sued for Salmonella Food Poisoning from Indiana Cantaloupe
The first of many lawsuits has been filed on behalf of two of the victims of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown by Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana, and sold at some Walmart stores. According to the complaint, the two children got salmonellosis (the illness caused by Salmonella bacteria) within days of eating cantaloupe purchased at a Walmart store in Michigan.
Our attorneys are representing Salmonella victims throughout the United States. To date, the CDC reports that 178 people in 21 states have been sickened:
Alabama (13), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (21), Indiana (18), Iowa (7), Kentucky (56), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (5), Missouri (12), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).
Among 121 persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from July 7, 2012 to August 9, 2012. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 100 years, with a median age of 48 years. Fifty-nine percent of ill persons are female. Among 121 persons with available information, 62 (51%) reported being hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
Major cities in the states with the most Salmonella victims: Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington, Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Carbondale, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence and Columbia.
Indiana Cantaloupe Recall and Salmonella Outbreak Prompt Attorney Fred Pritzker to Call for Mandatory Guidelines
National food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve the safety of fresh cantaloupe and other melons by issuing mandatory industry guidelines and enforcing them with audits.
“We need appropriate control measures and the industry hasn’t delivered,’’ said Pritzker. “How many more people have to die before we address the hazard?’’
For the second time in less than a year, human pathogens in domestic cantaloupe have caused death and illness across many states. In the latest outbreak, Salmonella in cantaloupe grown in Indiana has been linked to two deaths in Kentucky and more than 140 illnesses in 20 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Alabama (7), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (17), Indiana (13), Iowa (7), Kentucky (50), Michigan (6), Minnesota (3), Missouri (9), Mississippi (2), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2). A year ago, Listeria monocytogenes in Colorado-grown cantaloupe resulted in the deadliest U.S. outbreak of foodborne illness in modern times, ending 31 lives and infecting scores of other people in 28 states, according to the CDC final report. Walmart, Krogers, Meijer, Schneiders, Schnucks, Marsh, Save-a-Lot and others have pulled cantaloupe from their shelves.
One southwestern Indiana farm has recalled its cantaloupe, but it is too little too late. Two families have lost loved ones in a preventable outbreak of disease. In addition, over a hundred victims suffered severe pain and some have had complications that have jeopardized their health for the foreseeable future.
The Colorado outbreak, which was associated with unsanitary and unsafe packing conditions, gave rise to industry talks of self-regulation. But Pritzker, who represents victims from that outbreak, said those discussions have lacked the urgency and national scope needed for meaningful change. It’s time for the FDA to replace its current non-binding safety recommendations for cantaloupe growing, handling, processing and distribution into mandatory guidelines, he said.
In addition to mandatory guidelines for cantaloupe production, the FDA needs to implement a policy of transparency when there is an outbreak of illness associated with eating cantaloupe. “There is no good reason why the name of the Indiana farm associated with this outbreak was not immediately released,” stated Pritzker. “Victims and consumers have a right to know what the state and federal investigations find.”
“Similar to this outbreak, the FDA withheld the name of the Colorado grower that caused the listeriosis outbreak (Jensen Farms). The result was the spread of the outbreak to more states and more people getting sick. Over 30 people died in that outbreak,” continued Pritzker.
Attorney Fred Pritzker is accepting Salmonella cases throughout the United States. He has won millions for his food poisoning clients, including a $4.5 million recovery for one client earlier this year.
Kentucky is at the center of a cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak that has sickened scores of people across 20 states, including Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan. Nearly half of the victims contacted by public health authorities have reported being hospitalized from their infections and a whopping 50 cases have been reported in Kentucky alone. Even more tragically, federal and state officials have confirmed that two Kentuckians have died after contracting Salmonellosis.
Cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana are the likely source of this outbreak, which features a specific strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. The Kentucky Division of Laboratory Services has isolated the outbreak strain of bacteria from two cantaloupes collected from a retail location in Kentucky. The Indiana grower was not immediately identified by the FDA or CDC, but the agencies report that that farm’s distributors have been informed of a recall and all distribution will cease for the duration of the season. Investigations are ongoing to determine if other types of melons may be linked to illness.
This is the third time in the past year that U.S. cantaloupes have been linked to serious outbreaks of food poisoning. In Colorado last year, Listeria in cantaloupes from Jensen Farms killed more than 30 people in one of the deadliest domestic outbreaks of foodborne illness on record. This year’s multi-state cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak started in early July and is certain to lead to a Salmonella cantaloupe lawsuit. For answers to legal questions, contact national food safety law firm Pritzker Olsen Attorneys at 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or message your information to an attorney. Our Salmonella food poisoning attorneys have just won $4.5 million for a food poisoning victim sickened by another food product and our attorneys are actively involved in numerous efforts aimed at stopping the spread of dangerous pathogens in our food.