The CDC has announced that 184 people have been sickened in 38 states with Salmonella Montevideo caused by “a widely distributed contaminated food product.” The FSIS and Daniele have now recalled 1,240,000 pounds of ready-to-eat varieties of Daniele Italian sausage products, including salami/salame, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were sold online and at Costco, Kroger (including Fry’s, QFC, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and Smith’s Food & Drug), Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Stop & Shop, Amazon, ShopRite and Giant/Martin’s). The FSIS noted that Daniele voluntarily recalled all products associated with black pepper, which, according to the FSIS, the company believes is a possible source of contamination. If in fact it is the black pepper will the FDA soon be involved too?
1. Daniele, the CDC and FSIS say that the products are carried at a wide variety of delicatessens and grocers. Daniele must disclose fully all retail outlets that may have sold the potentially contaminated products.
2. Daniele believes that black pepper is a possible source of contamination – What facts does it rely on? Who is the black pepper supplier? What country did the black pepper come from?
3. Daniele should offer to pay the medical bills and lost wages of those sickened individuals that are linked to Daniele’s products.
Since the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in 1993, Bill Marler has represented thousands of E. coli and Salmonella victims against corporations such as AFG, Bauer Meats, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Byerly’s, ConAgra, Cub Foods, Dole, Emmpak, Excel, Finley School District, Fresno Meat market, Gold Coast Produce, Habaneros, Interstate Meats, Jack in the Box, Karl Ehmer, Applebee’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, King Garden, Kroger, Lunds, McDonalds, Odwalla, Natural Selections, Nebraska Beef, Olive Garden, Peninsula Village, Pat & Oscar’s, PM Beef Holdings, Sam’s Club, Sizzler, Spokane Produce, Sodexho, Supervalu, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, Topps, United Food Group (UFG), Walmart, Wendy’s and Whole Foods. Total recoveries on behalf of victims have been in excess of $500,000,000.00. Several times a month Marler, through the non-profit OutBreak, Inc., speaks to industry and government throughout the United States, Canada, China and Australia on why it is important to prevent foodborne illnesses. He is also a frequent commentator on food litigation and safety.