Salmonella Litigation

A resource for Salmonella Outbreak Legal Cases sponsored by Marler Clark

San Antonio Taco Salmonella Lawsuits

Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented victims of a Salmonella outbreak that was traced to a San Antonio Taco Company franchise located in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000.  The Salmonella outbreak was investigated by the Metropolitan Health Department of Nashville, which conducted restaurant inspections and an epidemiologic investigation, which led to the determination that over 200 people had become ill with Salmonella infections after eating foods prepared at the San Antonio Taco Company restaurant. 

In the process of the epidemiologic investigation, MDH was notified that two San Antonio Taco Company employees tested positive for Salmonella newport, the same strain that had been isolated from ill restaurant patrons.  The pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing for one of the employees showed an indistinguishable DNA match with the results of 30 isolates from stool samples submitted by case-patients for testing.  In addition, leftover salsa obtained from one of the ill patrons tested positive for Salmonella newport.

MDA concluded that possible sources for food contamination were:

  • Employees contaminating the food by using improper hand-washing methods
  • Employees cross-contaminating foods via equipment and/or utensils that ha dnot been cleaned and sanitized properly

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