2018-09-11 Gallegos Complaint Final

La Luz Mexican Grill reopened yesterday morning after a salmonella outbreak at the Old Town Fort Collins restaurant sickened 30 people. The restaurant, 200 Walnut St., voluntarily closed on Aug. 21 when the illness was confirmed.

Larimer County Health Department spokesperson Katie O’Donnell said there were 30 confirmed salmonella illnesses linked to the case. Investigators still haven’t been able to determine the exact source of the outbreak.

The entire Old Town La Luz staff completed a required ServSafe Food Handler program at The Cooking Studio. Employees who tested positive for salmonella have been allowed to return to work only after testing negative twice.

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 $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 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.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – An amended lawsuit was filed today against Pasha Mediterranean Grill, LLC on behalf of six additional individuals sickened in the Salmonella outbreak. All seven individuals ate at the Pasha Mediterranean Grill located on Wurzbach Road in San Antonio. The seven plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark, the nation’s leading food safety law firm, and Hill Law Firm, a respected San Antonio firm.

The plaintiffs, ranging from 19 to 46 years of age, consumed food at Pasha Mediterranean Grill on August 31, 2018. Three days later, they all began experiencing symptoms including severe diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, and fever. Each individual sought medical attention for Salmonella, with treatment ranging from ER visits, antibiotics to hospitalization. To date, they are all still experiencing symptoms.

On September 6, 2018, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced an investigation into a potential foodborne illness cluster of as many as 300 people at Pasha’s Mediterranean Grill. To date, there are 14 confirmed Salmonellacases with 12 hospitalizations. The investigation is still ongoing.

“We have been contacted by former clients, colleagues, personal friends, and a wide array of people affected by this terrible outbreak. Some of our clients spent days in the hospital due to their illness. Since our firm has been involved in outbreak cases for the past decade and we are located in San Antonio, we are perfectly positioned to best help these victims,” stated Justin Hill, lead attorney of the first Pasha case filed and owner of Hill Law Firm.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonellalawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonellaand 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 Salmonellalawyers 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 Salmonellalawsuits 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 Salmonellaattorneys for a free case evaluation.

Peggy O’Hare reports that as of 4 p.m. Friday, Metro Health had received more than 300 phone calls. Most of them — 255 — came from people who said they became ill after eating at Pasha Mediterranean Grill on Wurzbach Road between Aug. 30 and Wednesday.

So far, 14 victims have shown laboratory evidence of being sickened by salmonella, Metropolitan Health District spokeswoman Carol Schliesinger said. A dozen people have been hospitalized.

Metro Health officials said they are still in the early phases of their investigation and haven’t yet determined a specific cause or food source for the illness. “We may never know,” Schliesinger said.

Pasha co-owner Kamran Hajivandi said Friday that the health department told him it suspects that hummus might be the culprit. But he said he doesn’t know how chickpeas could have sickened so many.

Metro Health officials first learned Sunday night of people becoming sick. The officials went to the restaurant at 9339 Wurzbach to conduct an inspection Monday. They found several violations, including a lack of sanitizing buckets at preparation tables and a reach-in cooler not maintaining a proper temperature of 41 degrees, Schliesinger said.

Salmonella typically causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure, said Metro Health Assistant Director Anita Kurian, who works in the agency’s communicable disease division. A healthy adult sickened by the illness usually experiences those symptoms for four to seven days. Most people recover completely without medical treatment; but if the diarrhea is very severe, some patients may need to be hospitalized, Kurian said.

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 $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 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.

Today the CDC reported that it, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.

As of September 7, 2018, 14 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from Alabama and Tennessee.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 10, 2018 to August 7, 2018 Ill people range in age from 1 year to 94, with a median age of 31. Fifty percent are female. Of 9 people with information available, 2 (22%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama are a likely source of the outbreak.

On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs because they might be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The FDA website has a list of the grocery stores where recalled eggs were sold. Consumers who have any Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs in their homes should not eat them. Return them to the store for a refund or throw them away. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs.

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 $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 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.

Peggy O’Hare reports that as of 4 p.m. Friday, Metro Health had received more than 300 phone calls. Most of them — 255 — came from people who said they became ill after eating at Pasha Mediterranean Grill on Wurzbach Road between Aug. 30 and Wednesday.

So far, 14 victims have shown laboratory evidence of being sickened by salmonella, Metropolitan Health District spokeswoman Carol Schliesinger said. A dozen people have been hospitalized.

Metro Health officials said they are still in the early phases of their investigation and haven’t yet determined a specific cause or food source for the illness. “We may never know,” Schliesinger said.

Pasha co-owner Kamran Hajivandi said Friday that the health department told him it suspects that hummus might be the culprit. But he said he doesn’t know how chickpeas could have sickened so many.

Metro Health officials first learned Sunday night of people becoming sick. The officials went to the restaurant at 9339 Wurzbach to conduct an inspection Monday. They found several violations, including a lack of sanitizing buckets at preparation tables and a reach-in cooler not maintaining a proper temperature of 41 degrees, Schliesinger said.

Salmonella typically causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure, said Metro Health Assistant Director Anita Kurian, who works in the agency’s communicable disease division. A healthy adult sickened by the illness usually experiences those symptoms for four to seven days. Most people recover completely without medical treatment; but if the diarrhea is very severe, some patients may need to be hospitalized, Kurian said.

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 $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 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.

Gravel Ridge Farms is recalling Cage Free Large Eggs due to a potential contamination of Salmonella. The recall was initiated because reported illnesses were confirmed at locations using Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs, and we are voluntarily recalling out of an abundance of caution.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

On 9/6/2018 the firm was notified by FDA that the product they supplied may be contaminated with Salmonella. 

Products affected are:

Product Size UPC Use By Dates
Gravel Ridge Farms
Large Cage Free Eggs
Single Dozen and 2.5 Dozen Flats 7-06970-38444-6 7/25/18 through 10/3/18

The products were distributed between 6/25/2018 and 9/6/2018. These products were packaged in a cardboard container and sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in AL, GA, and TN. Consumers who have purchased these products can return to store for refund or discard the product immediately. If any consumers have Gravel Ridge Farms eggs in their refrigerator, they should be discarded, regardless of the date stamped on the package. Consumers with questions may call Dustin Smith at 205-363-1105 M-F Between 8AM and 4PM Central Time.

The following retail stores carried the product:

Atlanta

Candler Park Market

Grant Park Market

Westview Corner Market

Sevananda Natural Foods

The Merchantile

Birmingham

Piggly Wiggly Clairemont

Piggly Wiggly River Run

Piggly Wiggly Crestline

Piggly Wiggly Bluff Park

Piggly Wiggly Dunnavent Valley

Piggly Wiggly Warrior

Piggly Wiggly Homewood

Western Market Mt. Brook

Western Market Rocky Ridge

Foodland Eva

Warehouse Discount Grocery Hanceville

Warehouse Discount Grocery Cullman 2 locations

Foodland Priceville

Star Market Huntsville

Manna Grocery Tuscaloosa

The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

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 $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 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.

According to the Coloradoan, La Luz Mexican Grill was cleared to reopen Thursday in Old Town Fort Collins.

The 200 Walnut St. restaurant had voluntarily closed on Aug. 21 after a Salmonella outbreak at the establishment was confirmed. As of Thursday morning, Larimer County Health Department had confirmed 29 illnesses related to the case, including several people who were hospitalized.

At least one lawsuit has been filed against La Luz related to the outbreak.

The exact source of the outbreak has yet to be determined, but Larimer County Health Department spokesperson Katie O’Donnell said thorough testing has allowed officials to narrow their focus. State health department officials are assisting in the investigation.

The entire La Luz staff completed a required ServSafe Food Handler program at The Cooking Studio. Some employees also tested positive for Salmonella and will be allowed to return to work only after testing negative twice.

Larimer County Health Department reported it had completed follow-up inspections on Aug. 29, Aug. 31, Tuesday and Thursday. The restaurant was approved to purchase food earlier this week and given the green light to reopen to the public after a final inspection on Thursday morning.

During the Thursday morning inspection, La Luz was cited for two violations that were corrected immediately: A pan of salsa was discarded after it was observed that condensation was dripping into it from a walk-in cooler fan, and a package of raw ground beef was restocked to prevent potential cross-contamination after it was found on a sheet pan containing pork butts.

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 $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 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.

As of September 5, 2018, 101 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Sandiego (92 people), Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb (7 people), or both (2 people) were reported from 10 states.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 21, 2018, to August 7, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from 1 year to 89, with a median age of 50. Sixty-one percent were female. Of 95 people with information available, 25 (26%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

WGS analysis did not identify antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from 46 ill people. Testing of clinical isolates using standard antibiotic susceptibility testing methods by CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory is underway.

Epidemiologic evidence indicated that Spring Pasta Salad purchased at Hy-Vee grocery stores was a likely source of this outbreak.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Sixty (76%) of 79 people interviewed reported eating Spring Pasta Salad from Hy-Vee grocery stores in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The ill people in North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee traveled to states where Hy-Vee grocery stores are located.

On July 16, 2018, Hy-Vee, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa removed Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its stores. Hy-Vee stores are located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. On July 17, 2018, Hy-Vee, Inc. recalled its Spring Pasta Salad because it might have been contaminated with Salmonella.

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 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.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Doniphan County Health Department continue to investigate an outbreak associated with an election day Indian Taco Dinner at the Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Highland, Kansas on August 7, 2018.

A survey was launched on August 10, 2018 to collect illness and exposure information from those that attended the dinner.

As of August 31, 2018, 115 persons have completed the survey, 69 have reported gastrointestinal illnesses, and 14 have tested positive for Salmonella Newport. These numbers are preliminary.

Testing of food that was served at the dinner has been completed and all tested negative for Salmonella except for a sample of tomatoes that tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella Newport. Tomatoes were provided by multiple people so an environmental assessment of the sources of tomatoes is planned to potentially determine how this contamination occurred.

In addition, KDHE is assessing whether other persons that did not attend the taco dinner could have been sickened from consuming these tomatoes.

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 $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 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.

As of August 30, 2018, 130 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka have been reported from 36 states – AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.

Illnesses started on dates from March 3, 2018, to August 7, 2018. Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57. Of ill people, 69% are female. Out of 98 people with information available, 34 (35%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after August 4, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when their illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

The Kellogg Company recalled all Honey Smacks products that were on the market within the cereal’s one-year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated. People who recently became ill report eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal that they had in their homes. Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any “best if used by” date.

If you see Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal available for sale, do not buy it. Retailers should not sell or serve any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

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 $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 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.