Caudill Sprouts Salmonellosis Outbreak

Among various types of produce, sprouts are the number two vehicle for salmonella contamination after leafy vegetables. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the last two decades, at least 33 salmonella outbreaks have been caused by contaminated sprouts. One of the largest recent sprout-related salmonella epidemics occurred in 2009 when alfalfa sprouts grown from contaminated seeds distributed by the Caudill Seed Company sickened more than 200 people. In order to hold the Caudill Sprout Company responsible for their medical expenses, time off work, physical pain and emotional suffering, several salmonella victims filed personal injury lawsuits against the company.

Caudill Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

From February to May 2009, more than 200 individuals in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Dakota and West Virginia developed symptoms of salmonella food poisoning after eating fresh alfalfa sprouts. Because the sickened people had purchased the alfalfa sprouts at different stores and some had eaten the sprouts at various restaurants, determination of the precise cause of the salmonella outbreak was complicated. Initially, the FDA assumed that the culprit of the salmonellosis outbreak was the sprout produce distributed by CW Sprouts, Inc. It was determined that the company’s products had sickened 121 individuals in South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas.

However, in April 2009 the outbreak spread to Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah, states many of which not supplied by CW Sprouts. Interestingly, the genetic fingerprinting of the salmonella bacteria found in the contaminated alfalfa sprouts revealed a strain indistinguishable from the one that had caused the earlier salmonellosis epidemic. After a thorough investigation of the sprout supply chains, the FDA concluded that the culprit of the salmonella outbreak was contaminated alfalfa seeds distributed by the Caudill Sprout Company. Caudill had shipped large batches of contaminated seeds to various food producers and distributors throughout the United States, causing salmonella contamination of their respective products.

Caudill Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

After learning about the potential salmonella contamination, Caudill Seed Company recalled several batches of alfalfa seeds thought to be contaminated with Salmonella Saintpaul bacteria. However, because the Caudill Seed Company distributed alfalfa seeds to a number of food producers, contaminated alfalfa sprouts might be on the shelves of grocery stores nationwide. Therefore, the FDA issued a blanket warning cautioning consumers not to eat any alfalfa sprouts until further notice.

Caudill Salmonella Lawsuits

Victims who developed salmonellosis after eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts experienced a range of unpleasant symptoms, including severe diarrhea, painful stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea and fever. While in most cases the symptoms resolved within 10 days, the sickened individuals were forced to take time off work and seek medical help. In order to hold the Caudill Seed Company financially responsible for their harm, several salmonellosis victims filed personal injury lawsuits against the company alleging negligence and product liability.

Salmonellosis Legal Help

If you believe that you might have become a victim of salmonellosis due to salmonella-tainted alfalfa sprouts or some other contaminated food product, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (844) 794-7402 to discuss your case and initiate prompt legal action. In addition to specializing in food poisoning cases arising from salmonella contamination, our Pensacola, Florida lawyers have considerable experience negotiating and litigating E. coli, botulism, ciguatera and campylobacter food poisoning cases.