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Food Poisoning Outbreaks and Litigation: Surveillance and Analysis

Costcos Pull E. coli – Tainted Chicken After Illnesses in Colorado, Utah, Montana and Washington

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working with other western states and the CDC to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October.

Consumers with “Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” – item number 37719 – purchased from Costco in Colorado should discard it.

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been confirmed in Colorado, including two cases in Jefferson County and one each in Arapahoe and Routt counties. One person was hospitalized; all have recovered. The individuals purchased the product on Oct. 25 and 26 and became ill between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3.

The FDA, USDA-FSIS, and CDC are working with Costco to determine the source of contamination.

Other states with confirmed E. coli cases linked to the chicken salad include Utah, Montana and Washington.

“We are working with Costco,” said Alicia Cronquist, an epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “FDA reported to us the product has been removed from the shelves and no longer is for sale in Colorado.”

People who have eaten the product and feel ill should consult with their health care provider.

What is it with Cucumbers with Salmonella and E. coli

Thanks to www.outbreakdatabase.com.

2015 Salmonella Poona Linked to Cucumbers

On September 4, 2015 the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to consumption of cucumbers grown in Mexico and imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. As of October 14 there were 767 people infected with the outbreak strains of…Read More »

2014 Salmonella Newport Linked to Cucumbers

In August 2014 public health investigators detected an increase in Salmonella Newport through surveillance of PulseNet, a national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease. A total of 275 cases were reported from 29 states and the District…Read More »

2013 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Denver area Jimmy John’s Restaurants

In October 2013 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred among customers of three Denver area Jimmy John’s restaurants. A total of 8 people became sick. Meal dates ranged between October 5 and October…Read More »

Salmonella Saintpaul Linked to Imported Cucumbers, 2013

On April 25, 2013 the CDC reported that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul was associated with illnesses in 73 persons residing in 18 states. At the close of the investigation on June 20, 2013 the number of outbreak-associated cases had…Read More »

Washington State Has 25 Linked to Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak

Twenty-five Washington residents are among 838 people who have been sickened in 38 states with Salmonella bacteria linked to cucumbers from Mexico, shipped by a California distributor. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has updated recall and consumer advice in the ongoing investigation. CDC is tracking 838 salmonellosis cases and four deaths (one death each in CA, AZ, OK, and TX) caused by the strain of bacteria known as Salmonella Poona.

The Washington Department of Health reports the growth of cases has slowed, adding one case recently for a total of 25. The state residents sickened in the outbreak are from Clark (4 cases), King (5); Kitsap (2); Pierce (5); Snohomish (4); Spokane (2); Thurston (1); Walla Walla (1); and Yakima (1). One of the state’s cases was reported to have been hospitalized. State health officials are working with federal and local partners on the disease investigation.

The California Department of Public Health has identified the commercial produce supplier that shipped the products as Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The San Diego firm has issued a recall. Consumers, retailers, and food establishments are advised not to eat, sell, or serve these products. If the source of cucumbers is in doubt, discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

Salmonellosis is the illness caused by infection with Salmonella bacteria. Proper food preparation, handling, and cooking are the keys to preventing many foodborne illnesses, including salmonellosis. There are 600 to 800 cases of salmonellosis reported in Washington annually.

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.

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.

A History of Desserts Poisoning Customers

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened nearly two dozen people and prompted a popular south-Reno restaurant to close has been linked to a dessert food manufactured, sold, and distributed by Reno Provisions according to Health District officials. Now that positive test results have identified a specific E. coli source, the Health District’s investigation has shifted focus from the restaurant to the manufacturer. The Health District confirms that all of the remaining desserts associated with the E. coli contamination have been disposed of.  Since mid-October twenty-one confirmed and probable cases of E. coli 0157:H7 have been reported in Washoe County.

Rolf’s Patisserie Desserts 2010 – On December 23, the Illinois Department of Health announced that there had been four recent outbreaks involving dessert items from Rolf’s Patisserie, in Lincolnville, Illinois. A total of 100 cases of illness were reported from four separate events …Read More »

Pennsylvania Restaurant Eggs and Desserts 2007 – A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis was linked to eating eggs, or desserts, at a restaurant in Pennsylvania.…Read More »

California Workplace Desserts 2007 – A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at a California workplace. Desserts were named as the vehicles of infection.…Read More »

Washington Restaurant Desserts 2006 – A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating desserts at a restaurant in Washington state.…Read More »

Christmas Party at a Restaurant, Food Worker 2000 – Patrons of a Minnesota restaurant developed gastroenteritis due to norovirus after the Christmas party that had been held at the restaurant. Eating dessert was a risk factor for illness. Some of the food workers ate leftover desserts and became ill…Read More »

Ontario, Canada Berry Dessert 1999 – A mixed, berry dessert that was served at a banquet was implicated in an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis. The implicated dessert included fresh Guatemalan blackberries, frozen Chilean raspberries, and fresh US strawberries.…Read More »

Washington State Dinner Train Pear Dessert 1992 – An outbreak of norovirus occurred among persons traveled on the Washington State Dinner Train in 1992. The outbreak was attributed to eating the pear dessert. One cook was ill on the day that the patrons were exposed. The other cook became ill the…Read More »