Salmonella lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are probing the Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak that has sickened scores of people in Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska. More victims were announced this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the first illnesses started showing up early last summer. Salmonella Heidelberg is the outbreak strain and nearly a third of all people who have suffered this type of food poisoning have been hospitalized. No one has died.
Food poisoning lawsuits rely on the science of epidemiology to trace the cause of outbreaks. Breakthroughs are difficult, but when they happen, consumers have an opportunity to hold companies responsible for making them sick with contamination. What's unusual about the Foster Farms chicken outbreak is that it has lasted nine months and has spread beyond California and the Northwest to scattered cases in the East and South, from New York to Alabama. But the dominant footprint of the outbreak is in California and the Northwest, including nine confirmed cases in Alaska.
Testing conducted by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from three ill persons’ homes in Washington. Oregon and Washington have identified Foster Farms brand chicken as the most likely source of the infections in their states and the CDC is continuing to investigate the cause, along with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Pritzker's Bad Bug Law Team is continuing to accept cases while providing free consultations to individuals and families who have fallen ill. Complex litigation in food poisoning outbreaks is not unusual and only a very few law firms in the United States practice extensively in this area. Mr. Pritzker's firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for Salmonella outbreak victims and he continues to be a guest speaker on food poisoning issues on major college campuses in the U.S. and at international food industry conferences. His firm runs its own investigations when outbreaks occur and the Foster Farms case is no exception. To contact Fred, send a quick message or call 1-888-377-8900 Toll Free.