Salmonella Litigation

A resource for Salmonella Outbreak Legal Cases sponsored by Marler Clark

The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark developed this site to keep our clients up-to-date on current litigation being prosecuted by Marler Clark throughout the United States. The site is also a resource for Marler Clark co-counsel in Salmonella cases, print and broadcast media who are working on stories about Salmonella outbreaks and outbreak-related lawsuits, and potential clients who are researching Marler Clark in anticipation of filing a Salmonella claim.

Marler Clark Current Case Updates

Salmonella litigation is currently taking place in several states.

  • Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak

    Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in Minnesota on behalf of one young woman who was seriously sickened.

    In September 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) investigated a cluster of six patients diagnosed with Salmonella Enteriditis. Four of five case-patients reported eating Chicken Kiev, purchased as a raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned chicken entree. Illness onset dates ranged from August 17 to September 26. One person was hospitalized. There were no deaths. All six patients were infected with an indistinguishable genetic strain of Salmonella Enteriditis as determined by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE).  Isolates from all six case-patients were indistinguishable by whole genome sequencing.

  • Brent’s Deli Salmonella Outbreak

    In July 2014 public health investigators in California learned of an increase of case patients diagnosed with Salmonella serotype Montevideo.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Microbial Disease Laboratory (MDL) conducted pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) on isolates cultured from patient specimens. Seven patients were infected with an indistinguishable genetic strain identified as JIXX01.0645, an uncommon genetic strain.  Patients resided in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.  Information gathered in interviews conducted by local health investigators revealed that just prior to onset of symptoms; all seven patients had eaten at Brent’s Deli, a restaurant located in Westlake Village, California.  Health officials initiated active surveillance of patients diagnosed with Salmonella Montevideo strain JIXX01.0645. In total 19 patients infected with strain JIXX01.0645 were identified. Two additional patients were infected with strain JIXX01.1565, considered to be a clonal derivative of the main outbreak strain. Two of the 21 patients were employees of Brent’s Deli. Eight patients were hospitalized. Dates of illness onset ranged from April 30, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

    Marler Clark has filed one lawsuit and represents a dozen other victims

  • Chia Seed Salmonella Outbreak

    Marler Clark has filed multiple lawsuits against the manufacturer of the chia powder.  Between January and July 2014, public health officials in the United States and Canada investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of organic sprouted chia seeds or chia powder.  The initial outbreak investigation used PulseNet data to identify a cluster of 12 persons infected with a strain of Salmonella Newport that had never been seen before in PulseNet. Through a collaborative investigation with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified a second cluster of patients with a strain of Salmonella Hartford also not seen previously in PulseNet. A third serotype isolated in patients, Salmonella Oranienburg, was also suspected of being associated with chia powder. Canadian public health officials identified a fourth serotype in outbreak associated patients, Salmonella Stainpaul.  A fifth serotype, Salmonella Saintpaul, was isolated in patients in Canada but not in the United States.

  • Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

    In 2013 and 2014 local, state, and federal public health and agriculture agencies collaborated in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg. Investigators used PulseNet to identify patients who were considered outbreak-associated cases. Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations indicated that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken was the source of the outbreak.  Seven strains of Salmonella Heidelberg were isolated in patients.  These strains were assigned PulseNet Pattern Identification Numbers:  JF6X01.0045, JF6X01.0258, JF6X01.0326, JF6X01.0672, JFPX01.0022, JF6X01.0041, and JF6X0122. Before this outbreak, four of these strains were rarely reported to PulseNet. The other three strains were more common, with several ill persons infected with each strain reported to the CDC monthly. The DNA fingerprints of the Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria associated with this outbreak include the strain that was also associated with a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms brand chicken processed at an establishment in Washington State during 2012-2013.  A total of 634 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg were reported from 29 states and Puerto Rico from March 1, 2013 to July 11, 2014.  Most of the ill persons (77%) were reported from California.  Among 528 persons for whom information was available, 200 (38%) were hospitalized. Fifteen percent of ill persons developed blood infections as a result of their illness.  No deaths were reported.  Marler Clark represents several clients.

  • Jewel Osco Salmonella Outbreak

    In June 2104 Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium among persons who had consumed chicken or deli products from Jewel Osco, a grocery store located in Tinley Park, Illinois.  In total 19 case patients were identified.  Fourteen patients were laboratory confirmed with Salmonella Typhimurium, five patients were considered to be “probable” cases. Dates of illness onset ranged from May 9 to June 11. Two additional case-patients who were laboratory confirmed with Salmonella Typhimurium were identified with symptom on June 15 and June 25. They both had exposure to a previously identified household member will illness associated with this outbreak. Eight outbreaks associated case patients required hospitalization and three others visited their physician’s office.

    Marler Clark has filed three lawsuits.

  • Smiling Hara Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak Litigiation

    Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys are representing victims of a Salmonella paratyphi B outbreak linked to the soy product tempeh. The law firm has filed 2 Salmonella lawsuits on behalf of victims of the tempeh outbreak.