Last June, Brian Grubbs, of Colorado, suffered a Salmonella Saintpaul infection after consuming contaminated jalapeno peppers. His illness was one of more than 1,200 in a nationwide outbreak. The Grubbs purchased the peppers at their local WalMart. Marler Clark subsequently filed suit against WalMart on Mr. Grubbs behalf. WalMart tried unsuccessfully to have the suit thrown out, and has now identified Frontera Produce Ltd, of Texas, as the supplier of the jalapenos in question.
Brian Grubbs, and his wife Cheryl, were in Washington D.C. on April 29 to call for increased food safety in the U.S. About 25 former foodpoisoning victims met with federal legislators to discuss the problem, and the various pieces of pending food safety legislation.
As reported in the Cortez Journal, Ms. Grubss stated, "‘The food we die for shouldn’t be killing you, we don’t want everyone to find out about foodborne illness like we did. We’re trying to educate our community and get (legislation) passed."