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Attila Rocker Chris “Fronz” Fronzak Files Salmonella Suit

120503-band-hmed-435p.photoblog600.jpg“Fronz” Sickened on “Sick” Tour

The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of Attila frontman Chris “Fronz” Fronzak against Moon Marine USA Corporation after @FRONZ1LLA contracted a Salmonella infection after consuming sushi contaminated with Salmonella serotype Bareilly. The defendant of the lawsuit is Cupertino, California-based Moon Marine USA, the producer of a recalled tuna product that has been linked to a recent multistate Salmonella outbreak by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

SickTour.jpgThe complaint alleges that at least 258 Salmonella illnesses, including 32 hospitalizations, have been linked to a multi-strain Salmonella outbreak associated with Nakaochi Scrape. The product, also known as tuna scrape, is ground tuna meat scraped from the backbone and ribs of tuna and used in various sushi dishes, chiefly spicy tuna rolls.

According to a complaint (#cv-00794) filed in Oregon Federal District Court, Chris Fronzak, lead singer for the heavy metal band Attila, consumed a spicy tuna roll containing Nakaochi Scrape at a Metairie, Louisiana restaurant while his band was on tour. Within two days, Mr. Fronzak began to experience severe gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, headache, and muscle aches. After six days of attempting self-care without any improvement, Mr. Fronzak, who was without health insurance, was taken to the emergency room for treatment. While in the ER, a sample was taken that would ultimately test positive for Salmonella. The complaint alleges Mr. Fronzak suffered physically, emotionally, and economically.

“Mr. Fronzak’s favorite food was sushi and he has eaten frequently for years without issue. When he sat down to eat a tuna roll, he was expecting to enjoy a few bites of comfort food while on the road with his band,” said Fronzak’s attorney William Marler. “What he did not expect was to become dangerously ill – taking on heavy financial strain and jeopardizing both his health and his tour.”