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Food Poison Journal

Food Poisoning Outbreaks and Litigation: Surveillance and Analysis

Boise Co-op Salmonella Toll – 290 Ill

oboise-300x169The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is investigating a Salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015.

As of July 1, 2015, approximately 290 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak. Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending and the specific cause of the outbreak remains undetermined.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

Tarheel Salmonella Outbreak Nearly 250 with one Death

635706784034234882-new-Tarheel-Q-300x225According to the North Carolina Department of Health, 248 cases of diarrheal illness associated with Salmonella and eating food from Tarheel Q Restaurant have been identified.

Of these 248, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina cases 72% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint). Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 248 cases:

55% are male

41% are between the ages of 20 and 49

20% have visited their provider

13% have visited the ED

6% have been hospitalized

1 death has been identified (Further details regarding the deceased are not available to protect patient confidentiality.)

79% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

232 cases of Salmonella illness associated with eating food from Tarheel Q Restaurant

Of these 232, case distribution includes 16 North Carolina counties and 5 states.

Of the North Carolina cases 75% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).

Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 232 cases:

  • 53% are male
  • 41% are between the ages of 20 and 49
  • 19% have visited their provider
  • 13% have visited the ED
  • 6% have been hospitalized
  • No deaths due to Salmonella infection have been identified
  • 79% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

Pregnant Idaho Woman Files Lawsuit Against Boise Co-op After Falling Ill With Salmonella Poisoning; Number of Confirmed Illnesses Rises to 280

Outbreak tied to food prepared and sold by the Co-op deli, including food purchased at the Boise airport

 Ada County resident Alice Jessup has filed a lawsuit against Boise Consumer Cooperative, Inc., d/b/a Boise Co-op. Jessup, who is pregnant, is suing over a severe case of salmonella poisoning she suffered after eating food from the Boise airport earlier this month that was prepared by the Co-op. Jessup is represented by Robie G. Russell of Russell Law Offices, and William D. Marler of Marler Clark Food Safety Law Firm, LLP.  Marler Clark is representing three dozen victims in the outbreak, and has previously filed three other lawsuits.

On or about June 7, 2015, Alice Jessup purchased a chicken salad sandwich at a kiosk in the Boise airport that sold sandwiches prepared by Boise Co-op. She ate the sandwich the same day. She began to experience symptoms of Salmonella poisoning the very next day, which included severe abdominal cramps and repeated bouts of diarrhea. At this point, Jessup was approximately 28 weeks pregnant.

Over the next several days, while visiting family in California, Jessup’s symptoms worsened. She continued to suffer from severe diarrhea—at its worst, occurring hourly. She also developed a slight fever and headache.

On or about Wednesday, June 10, Mrs. Jessup arose from bed in the early morning hours and informed her mother she needed to be taken to the hospital. She was concerned about her well being, as well as that of her unborn child. She was transferred from the emergency department to the maternal ward, where she went through triage and received intravenous fluids for rehydration. She was discharged and advised to take Imodium for the diarrhea and Tylenol for the fever.

After returning to her parent’s home, Jessup’s symptoms worsened. Her fever rose to 102 degrees, and the diarrhea continued despite the medication. She had also begun having contractions, which lasted for a couple of days, and was becoming more and more distressed over the welfare of her baby. She returned to the hospital on Thursday, June 11, where this time, she was admitted and remained until Saturday, when her symptoms began to subside.

During Jessup’s hospitalization, she submitted a stool sample that tested positive for Salmonella. At a medical visit on June 26, during a check-up, she was cleared to travel, but her illness causes continued concerns about her pregnancy and the delivery of her child, which is due on August 30, 2015.

“Salmonella is an incredibly uncomfortable illness. I can’t imagine having to deal with that while also being pregnant,” said Bill Marler, co-founder and partner with Marler Clark. “Unfortunately, pregnant women are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses like Salmonella, and long term effects are more common.”

Marler has been an advocate for victims of food borne illnesses since representing those made sickest by an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 traced back to fast food giant Jack in the Box. He has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and is seen as an expert on food safety.

Salmonella is the second most common foodborne illness in the United States. Approximately 1.4 million cases of Salmonella occur each year with 95% of those caused by tainted food. The acute symptoms of Salmonella include the sudden onset of nausea, abdominal cramping, and bloody diarrhea and mucous over a period of days. While there is no cure, infected persons usually recover completely, although it may take months. A small number of people experience ongoing symptoms such as joint pain, which can lead to chronic arthritis.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.