Marler Clark, the Food Safety Law Firm, will file the first lawsuit in the multi-state melon Salmonella outbreak on behalf of Jacob Novero who was infected with Salmonella Adelaide after consuming cut melon. The lawsuit will be filed In Hamilton County, Indiana against Caito Foods, LLC, the supplier for Walmart.

Mr. Novero purchased cut melon from the Walmart Supercenter located in Noblesville, Indiana on Saturday May 12, 2018. The fruit container contained honeydew melon, cantaloupe melon, watermelon, and blueberries.

Two days later, Mr. Novero began feeling ill and on May 19 sought medical attention. At the hospital he was treated with IV fluids and potassium. He received a scan showing that he had developed colitis.  A biopsy on May 31 showed the colitis inflammation was due to the Salmonella infection and was given a prescription to help the ulcers in his intestines. Mr. Novero continues to experience symptoms from his ulcers as a result of his Salmonella infection and has not been able to work.

“Although convenient, cut packaged mixed fruit has been shown to be at risk for bacterial or viral contamination,” said Seattle’s Marler Clark managing partner, William Marler.  “Given the numbers of the outbreaks in the last decade linked to products like this companies like Caito need to take far better precautions to avoid bacterial contamination,” added Marler

On June 7, the CDC announced a Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melon spanning 5 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio). The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and sold at Walmart, Costco, Jay C, Payless, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, and Kroger Stores. To date, 60 people are sick with 31 hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The CDC is advising consumers to throw away all pre-cut melon purchased from those stores.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clarkhave represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 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 Salmonellainfection, including Reactive Arthritisor 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.