Can I Sue a Food Company If I Got Sick from Recalled Food?
Yes, if your illness can be linked to the recalled food, you may have the right to sue a company for compensation. A food recall lawsuit generally involves an outbreak of illness caused by food contaminated with one of the following pathogens:
- E. coli
- hepatitits A (lower case “h” because it is a virus)
- Listeria monocytogenes
A recall lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death is generally not filed as a class action.
Our lawyers help people sickened by contaminated food. Some of our results include $4.5 million for a woman who contracted an E. coli infection and developed hemolytic uremic syndome (HUS), $3,500,000 for a mother who contracted a Listeria infection (listeriosis) while pregnant and lost her unborn twins, and $2,700,000 to a family whose loved one died after eating contaminated food.
Recalls of Food Products Announced by the FDA and the USDA-FSIS
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A Listeria outbreak in Virginia and North Carolina was linked to ham products processed by Johnston County Hams, Inc. facility in Smithfield, North Carolina, according to the CDC. In response, the company issued a recall on October 3, 2018, of the following products:
- Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
- Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked
- Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar
- Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
- Premium Fully-Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019
The recalled products are marked with the establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
JBS Tolleson recalled about 6.5 million pounds of ground beef and ground chuck sold under the following brands: Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/ Walmart. This recall was issued after a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 57 people in 16 states was linked to eating the products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The recalled products were packaged from July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018, and they have the establishment number “EST. 267”.
Before a September 2018 Cargill ground beef recall, products were distributed to the following: Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club stores nationwide; Target stores in five states; and Publix stores in Florida.
At least 18 people in 4 states have been sickened in an E. coli O26 outbreak that the CDC and FDA have linked to Cargill ground beef. The outbreak prompted a September 2018 recall by Cargill Meat Solutions of Fort Morgan, Colorado, which recalled over 130,000 pounds of beef products with the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Gravel Ridge Farm issued a recall in September of 2018 of shell eggs due to the risk of Salmonella contamination. The recall was issued because Salmonella illnesses were linked to the eggs. The recalled eggs were sold in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia at restaurants and grocery stores, including Piggly Wiggly, Warehouse Discount Grocery and Western Market stores. The recall includes eggs packaged in single dozen cartons and 2.5 dozen flats with the UPC 7-06970-38444-6 and “use by” dates from July 25, 2018, through October 31, 2018.
After reports of Salmonella food poisoning in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, Hy-Vee, Inc. recalled its Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad in July of 2018 because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound (16 oz.) and 3 pound (48 oz.) containers. The products were produced between June 1, 2018, and July 13, 2018, and they were available from the deli service case. The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe products produced by Caito Foods, an Indianapolis company, were recalled in June of 2018 after the FDA determined they were the likely source of a multi-state Salmonella outbreak that sickened 60 people. The included fruit salads and trays, melon chunks, and spears. They were sold at Costco, Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and other stores. Five states reported 60 illnesses: IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), MO (10), OH (1). People started getting sick in April of 2018, and the last reported illness was on May 28, 2018.
The CDC and FDA linked an outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning in early 2018 to chicken salad made by Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. and sold at Fareway grocery stores. Prompted by this outbreak, Triple T Specialty Meats issued a February 2018 recall of about 20,000 pounds of chicken salad made between Jan. 2, 2018 and Feb. 7, 2018. The Fareway Foods chicken salad Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak sickened people in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Pritzker Hageman attorneys filed several lawsuits for people sickened by Fareway chicken salad.
A Salmonella outbreak that started in Boston and eventually involved 25 people in 9 states prompted a January 2018 recall of shredded coconut. Evershing International Trading Company recalled the following: 16 ounces Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut (Item number 331223, UPC 05216-44081). The recalled frozen shredded coconut, packaged in 16-once plastic bags, was distributed to several states: Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas. This involved products sold from January 3, 2017 through January 3, 2018.