Minnesota Listeria Lawyer Investigating Outbreak of Listeria Linked to Caramel Apples

Minnesota Listeria lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are investigating  two Listeria deaths and an outbreak of Listeria linked to store-purchased caramel apples. Pritzker's office is joining state and federal health officials in warning consumers to avoid any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples. This includes caramel apples with other toppings such as nuts, chocolate, and sprinkles. Do not eat them until more information from the investigation becomes available. If you have any in your home, discard them or seal them and mark them as poisonous.

"We'll do anything we can to bring awareness to this outbreak,'' said Pritzker, whose firm has spent decades representing victims of Listeria and other human pathogens found in food. "This is obviously a very significant and dangerous breach of food safety.''

So far, four Minnesota cases have been confirmed in people who purchased caramel apples from Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. These carmel apples carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand names. These two brands are no longer available for purchase at retail locations; however, health officials are concerned that persons who purchased them may still have them in their homes. "The investigation is evolving, and other caramel apple brands and locations may also be impacted,'' the Minnesota Department of Health said in a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is working on the case.  So far, all known victims were adults ages 59 to 90 years. They became ill in late October and November. All were hospitalized and two of them died. Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous bacteria because it can hide in many different foods and grow even when refrigerated. Ninety percent of its victims fall into four groups: Pregnant, infant, over 65 or immuno-compromised. Women who become infected by Listeria when they are pregnant run the risk of miscarriage and potential damage to their reproductive system. 

If you or a loved one have recently become ill after eating a commercially produced carmel apple, immediately report to a medical clinic for examination by a physician. Symptoms can take weeks to develop, sometimes as long as 70 days. Case patients can experience fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.

If you have been confirmed as a victim of this outbreak and need legal representation, contact the PritzkerOlsen law firm for a free case consultation.  Our group of lawyers, based in Minneapolis, practices extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation and have recovered millions of dollars for Listeria victims and for families who have lost loved ones to listeriosis.

Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts Sicken 111 in 12 States

Wonton Foods bean sprouts contaminated with Salmonella have now sickened 111 people in 12 states. About 26 percent of those sickened have been hospitalized, a higher rate than the average of 20 percent.

The sprouts, served at restaurants and sold in stores on the East Coast, have sickened an additional 24 people since the last CDC update on December 4.  The illnesses were reported in the following states: Connecticut 3, Maine 4, Maryland 5, Massachusetts 34, Montana 1, New Hampshire 6, New York, 21, Ohio 3, Pennsylvania 17, Rhode Island 7, Vermont 3, Virginia 1. Some have been eft with sizable medical bills,  others face long-term consequences of the illness such as reactive arthritis which causes painful joint inflammation.

If you have been sickened or hospitalized by bean sprouts contaminated with Salmonella and would like to talk with a Salmonella lawyer about your legal options. Contact the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Lawsuit Decision Time on Fond du Lac Rez

Tribal leaders on the Fond du Lac reservation in northern Minnesota successfully investigated an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning with help from state health and agriculture officials. Now members of the Lake Superior Chippewa band are considering their legal options, including litigation in Minnesota District Court. 

One lawsuit  was filed in September against Jim-N-Jo's Northland Katering, a Cloquet-based company that catered several events on the reservation during July, including a wedding and picnic for elders. In-depth investigation traced the cause of the outbreak to California-grown celery contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. More than 60 people were identified as case patients in the outbreak, including many who were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Jim-N-Jo's used the celery to make potato salad and on veggie trays. Under food safety laws, restaurants and caterers can be sued for using tainted ingredients, even if they do so unknowingly.

Microbiology lab work found the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in every subsample of potato salad tested by Minnesota officials. Investigators were able to track the celery to its field of origin in Salinas Valley, California, but were limited in the sampling they could do at the site and were unable to determine what might has caused the celery to become tainted.

Minnesota E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker is continuing to provide free case consultations for the survivors of the Fond du Lac reservation E. coli outbreak. His firm has collected tens of millions of dollars for E. coli food poisoning victims over the years, including $4.5 million for a young woman who got sick after eating contaminated beef at a restaurant. To contact Fred or any other member of the firm's Bad Bug Law Team, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or check in online.


Cheese Listeria Outbreak Kills 1 Sickens 4 Others

A Listeria outbreak linked to soft cheeses Mexican-style cheeses has ended after killing one person and sickening four others. The cheese were sold under the  brand names Oasis, Lacteos Santa Martha and Hondu Crema.

One illness was reported in each of the following states: Georgia, New York, and Texas and two cases reported in Tennessee. The death occurred in Tennessee.

All of the case patients were Hispanic, three of the cases were related to a pregnancy, one was diagnosed in a newborn baby. Because their immune systems are weakened, pregnant women are at elevated risk for Listeria which can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and illness in newborn babies. Because of their likelihood to consume soft, Mexican-style cheeses, pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times more likely than the general population to get Listeria poisoning, according to the CDC.
Health investigators used interviews from case patients, and whole genome sequencing to establish an association between the illnesses and cheese made by Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also found Listeria in environmental samples collected from the Oasis production facility.
Oasis issued three recalls between August 4 and October 16 and then ceased production. There was an August 4 recall for quesito casero (fresh curd), an October 6 recall for cuajada en hoja (fresh curd)  and an October 16 recall for various Lacteos Santa Martha and one Hondu Crema brand cheese and dairy products.
There is strong evidence linking the consumption of these cheeses with illness and death. If you would like to talk with a Listeria lawyer about a case linked to this outbreak contact PritzkerOlsen. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Expands, 87 in 11 States Now Sick

Salmonella in bean sprouts served at Asian restaurants has now sickened 87 people in 11 states and hospitalized 27 percent of those sickened. That is a high rate of hospitalization for a Salmonella outbreak.


Since the last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 10 days ago, the outbreak has grown to include 19 new cases and one new state.The total number of cases in each state is as follows: Connecticut (7),  Maine (3), Massachusetts (35),  Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (14), Ohio (3),  Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6),  Vermont (3), Virginia (1).

The victims in this outbreak, who range in age from younger than 1 year to 83 year old, reported onset of illness from September 30, 2014 to November 14, 2014.  

The company linked to the outbreak, Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn, briefly suspended production to clean its facility, but resumed production on November 29.  Health officials says it’s unlikely that the contaminated sprouts are no still in circulation as the maximum shelf life of mung bean sprouts is 12 days.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea that can be watery or bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. When symptoms cause dehydration, hospitalization is necessary. For these cases, the risk of developing a more serious bloodstream infection is elevated.

The Salmonella attorneys at PritzerOslen have won millions for clients who were sickened or hospitalized by contaminated food. Contact them for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights as a victim of food poisoning.  

E. coli Lawyer Warns of Long-Term Dangers Tied to Fond du Lac Band E. coli Outbreak

 Tribal gatherings in northern Minnesota this summer were at the center of an E. coli outbreak that state health officials traced to tainted celery grown in California and used by a catering company for potato salad and veggie plates. The caterer was Jim-N-Jo's Northland Katering of Cloquet and the celery was grown on Martignoni Ranch block 5C in Salinas Valley, according to a report published by the Minnesota Agriculture Department.

The detailed investigation conducted by leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Minnesota Department of Health counted 57 foodborne illnesses among people who attended an elder picnic and wedding. Nine of the case patients were hospitalized and the outbreak strain of bacteria was identified as E. coli O157:H7, a dangerous human pathogen. No deaths were reported in this outbreak, but studies have shown that toxic E. coli infections can cause kidney problems later in life, along with other significant health injuries, including severe hypertension and other vascular problems. Our E. coli lawyers are advising case patients of this outbreak to consider the long-term effects of this food poisoning when weighing options on whether to seek legal recourse, an E. coli lawsuit.

The thoroughness of the tribe's investigation, along with the health departments of Minnesota and California, undoubtedly helped save other people from becoming sick. The data collection also shows the chain of distribution and handling of the contaminated celery, even before it was presented for consumption by Jim-N-Jo's catering. In foodborne illness litigation, the companies responsible for moving poisoned food into our system can be held accountable. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at our firm, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or make contact with us online. Our law firm is one of the few, nationally, to practice extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation and our E. coli clients have been awarded tens of millions of dollars over the years.

After Salmonella Outbreak, Wonton Foods Halts Sprout Production

Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn has halted production and distribution of mung bean sprouts after being linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 63 people in 10 states. Cases have been reported in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont have been diagnosed with Salmonella infections. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

The outbreak has been traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc of Brooklyn and distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of those listed above except Montana. The single case patient in that state is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.)
Wonton Foods has not recalled the sprouts but claims to have contacted companies that took delivery of them. The last shipment of the sprouts was November 18.
Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. Children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems are at heightened risk of contracting salmonellosis and should always avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind.
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. For some people, the diarrhea can be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients are at greater risk of developing a serious, sometimes fatal, bloodstream infection.
Consumers who have eaten the sprouts and develop symptoms should see a doctor and mention exposure to Salmonella. Anyone who has purchased the sprouts should dispose of them by placing them in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and throwing it away. When dining out, consumers should request that raw sprouts not be added to food. Make sure that sprouts are not added to sandwiches or salads purchased at fast food restaurants or delis.
Those who have been sickened or hospitalized and would like a free no-obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer should contact the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen.

Wonton Foods Sprouts Sicken Dozens with Salmonella

 Bean sprouts from Wonton Food Inc. in  New York have sickened 68 people in 10 states with Salmonella posioning. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

salmonella-sproutsState health departments working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation of the outbreak, identified sprouts from Wonton Foods as the source of the outbreak.

Some of those who were sickened ate sprouts on food they ordered at restaurants. Health officials say restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from Wonton Foods, but a recall has not yet been issued.

Consumers who have purchased these sprouts should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal, illness. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, which include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last seven days. But for some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. In these cases, there is a heightened risk of developing a more serious infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood stream.

Consumers who have been sickened by these sprouts and would like a free, no-obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer should contact the national food safety law firm of PritzkerOlsen.

Listeria Death Lawsuits Seek Damages

 Listeria outbreaks have caused at least four deaths this year in U.S. food poisoning cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The confirmed Listeria deaths were traced on two occasions to Mexican-style cheese and -- most recently -- contaminated mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products Inc. of Chicago. In the Listeria cheese outbreaks, all case patients were of Hispanic ethnicity and three illnesses were related to pregnancy. The Listeria deaths occurred in California, Tennessee and Illinois.

If your family was victimized by a Listeria fatality or illness this year that was linked to an outbreak of food poisoning, it is not too late to get help from an attorney to make a claim for damages. Our law firm represents Listeria victims and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients in past outbreaks. We understand the importance of holding food companies accountable for listeriosis by making them pay for the damage they have caused. Contact us online for a free case consultation and explanation of your legal rights.

So far this year, the CDC has reported Listeria deaths in connection with its investigations of Queso Fresco cheese from Roos Foods of Delaware; Quesito Casero cheese from Oasis Brands Inc. and raw mung bean sprouts produced in Illinois by Wholesome Soy Products. All together, 16 ill patients were confirmed and almost all of them were hospitalized. The outbreak victims are from California, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan and Illinois. 

PritzkerOlsen attorneys can explain some of the long-term health consequences faced by people who have been infected with foodborne Listeria monocytogenes. Any settlement or court outcome should reflect the potential future damages that are inherent in Listeria cases. 

Deadly Listeria Outbreak in Illinois Prompts Closure of Sprouts Maker Wholesome Soy

In the wake of two people dying this summer from Listeria food poisoning linked to mung bean sprouts from Wholesome Soy Products Inc. of Chicago, the company has informed federal agencies that it will shut down. The deadly outbreak this summer has been documented in FDA and CDC reports that found a "persistent and dangerous strain of Listeria monocytogenes'' in the company's Chicago food plant.

Listeria attorney Fred Pritzker is prepared to represent individuals and families affected by the outbreak, as he and his firm have done for many years while practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness. Mr. Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have recovered millions of dollars for Listeria victims, including clients in Listeria death cases. Contact him now for a free consultation.

Testing by the FDA and CDC has identified four case patients in Illinois and one in Michigan, but the agencies have warned consumers everywhere not to eat any products from Wholesome Soy. The warning covers bean sprouts, soft tofu, firm tofu, fried tofu, fried tofu pouches, white tofu, triangular tofu, soybean noodles, and soy milk. The link to mung bean sprouts was confirmed through genetic sequencing analysis of sprouts, sprout irrigation water and numerous environmental swabs taken from the plant. "The strains were found to be highly related to sequences of Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from five clinical samples representing the people who became ill from June through August 2014,'' the FDA said in a November 10 update.

Pritzker has cautioned consumers of products made by Wholesome Soy to continue watching for symptoms of listeriosis because the onset of the disease can take up to 70 days after consumption of contaminated food. For safety purposes, any products from the company should be sealed and discarded in the garbage, Consumers who have already eaten some of these products should first take a photo of the packaging and then take cleaning precautions in their home kitchens. Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards, and countertops; then sanitize these items with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water, then dry the surfaces with clean paper towels.