Outbreak tied to pork carnitas sold by Supermercado Los Corrales and purchased over Mother’s Day weekend

Another lawsuit has been filed against Los Corrales Enterprises, LLC dba Supermercado Los Corrales on behalf of three members of the Silva family, who were all sickened by Salmonella after consuming tainted pork carnitas prepared and sold by the company. Supermercado Los Corrales is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Silvas are represented by Marler Clark, a law firm specializing in cases related to food safety. The case code is 30100. This is the second lawsuit filed by the firm

On the morning of May 10, 2015, Oscar Silva, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, purchased pork carnitas at Supermercado Los Corrales to bring to his parents’ home in Kenosha to celebrate Mother’s Day. Oscar and his father, Martin, and his mother, Leticia, ate the carnitas at the family dinner.

The next day, Oscar and Leticia began to feel the first symptoms of their illness: nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Oscar also began vomiting and, in the early hours of the morning on May 11, he threw up blood and went to the nearest emergency room where he was diagnosed with food poisoning and treated with anti-nausea medication and intravenous fluids.

Meanwhile, Leticia was becoming increasingly ill. She developed a high fever and was suffering from increasingly severe diarrhea as well as intense chills and pain throughout her body.

Leticia’s husband and Oscar’s father, Martin, began to feel ill on May 11, but brushed his discomfort aside to go to work. Soon, however, his symptoms—which included cramping, diarrhea, and nausea—became so severe that he was forced to head home.

Over the next several days, the Silvas remained ill. Martin and Leticia sought emergency care on May 13.

On May 18, Leticia contacted the Kenosha County Health Department (KCDH) to report her and her family’s illnesses. After testing, it was determined that they were the victims of Salmonella.

On May 21, KCDH issued a “news flash” that announced an investigation related to “individuals with gastrointestinal illness and exposure to Supermercado Los Corrales.” As of this time, 70 ill persons have been identified. The ongoing investigation has also found that the source of the outbreak was pork carnitas purchased over May 9 and 10, 2015–Mother’s Day weekend.

“Salmonella is a really terrible Mother’s Day gift. Unfortunately, dozens of moms and other family members got just that and have been suffering ever since,” said Bill Marler, co-founder and partner with Marler Clark. Marler has been an advocate for victims of food borne illnesses since representing those made sickest by an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 traced back to fast food giant Jack in the Box. He has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and is seen as an expert on food safety.

Salmonella is the second most common foodborne illness in the United States. Approximately 1.4 million cases of Salmonella occur each year with 95% of those caused by tainted food. The acute symptoms of Salmonella include the sudden onset of nausea, abdominal cramping, and bloody diarrhea and mucous over a period of days. While there is no cure, infected persons usually recover completely, although it may take months. A small number of people experience ongoing symptoms such as joint pain, which can lead to chronic arthritis.

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.