Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuits – Peanut Corporation of America
One of the largest food recalls in the United States occurred in January 2009 when the FDA recalled all peanut products manufactured at the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Georgia, since 2007. Several peanut products made by the company were found to contain Salmonella Typhimurium, a dangerous bacterium that can cause severe diarrheal illness. Because Peanut Corporation of America shipped its products nationwide, thousands of people contracted salmonella. As of May, 2009, more than 600 salmonellosis cases and nine deaths had been linked to the recalled peanut products. In order to obtain compensation for their immense physical and psychological suffering, several victims and/or their families have filed personal injury lawsuits against the Peanut Corporation of America.
Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
In 2009, thousands of people across the United States developed severe salmonellosis symptoms after eating various products containing peanuts. In order to locate the source of the salmonella outbreak and limit the spread of the infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated a comprehensive environmental health investigation. It was discovered that all of the salmonellosis victims had consumed products made with peanut butter, peanuts or peanut paste distributed by the Peanut Corporation of America. Because PCA sold its products in bulk to large institutions, such as nursing homes, hospitals and schools, thousands of people were exposed to grave health risks.
From January to May, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed more than 600 salmonellosis cases caused by salmonella bacteria genetically indistinguishable from that found at the PCA Georgia facilities. In addition, nine deaths were determined to be part of the salmonella outbreak. An inspection of the PCA Georgia plant revealed a number of safety and hygiene violations besides the salmonella bacteria found on the floors. The plant had a leaking roof and it was infested by mold and cockroaches. In addition, PCA had not taken the required steps to prevent bacterial infection during and after the manufacturing process, creating conditions ripe for large-scale food contamination.
Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuits
While the PCA issued a voluntary food recall after several salmonellosis cases were linked to its products, an FDA investigation alleges that the company knew about the potential salmonella contamination before any cases were reported, yet continued to ship its products for several weeks. This dangerous practice, along with the health code violations found at the PCA Georgia plant, might make the company financially liable for any damages incurred by consumers as a result. At least 13 lawsuits have been filed against PCA, and many more are expected in the near future.
Eight personal injury lawsuits seeking $75,000 in damages have been filed in federal courts in Georgia by the families of salmonellosis victims. A lawsuit filed by a Virginia man alleges that PCA acted negligently, causing him to sustain major financial, physical and psychological damages due to a severe case of salmonellosis. The man is seeking $1 million in damages. In addition to personal injury lawsuits, several wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by the families of deceased victims, including the families of two Minnesota seniors, Ms. Mae Almer and Mr. Clifford Tousignant, who suffered painful deaths due to salmonellosis complications.
Contacting an Experienced Salmonellosis Lawyer
Due to the scope of the PCA peanut butter salmonellosis outbreak, thousands of people nationwide were put at risk of ingesting dangerous salmonella bacteria. If you believe that you or your loved one has become a victim of salmonellosis due to a contaminated peanut butter product, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (844) 794-7402 for a thorough case review and sound legal advice. The Pensacola, Florida attorneys of AWKO Law are highly experienced in assisting victims of various food-borne illnesses, including campylobacteriosis, shigellosis, cholera and E. coli food poisoning.