Our law firm has filed a lawsuit against Red Lobster and Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce for Salmonella from cucumbers. We are a national food safety law firm that represents clients throughout the United States who have been sickened by contaminated food.
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Attorneys Ryan Osterholm and Brendan Flaherty filed a lawsuit on behalf of a minor child, who contracted a Salmonella Poona infection after eating at a Red Lobster restaurant located at 8350 3rd Street North, Oakdale, Minnesota. The plaintiffs in the case are the young boy’s parents. This case is part of a multistate outbreak that has sickened about 291 people in 27 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The lawsuit was filed on September 7, 2015, against the following:
- Andrew & Williamson Sales, Co. (Andrew & Williamson), a California company doing business as Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce; and
- Red Lobster Hospitality, LLC, the owner and operator of the Oakdale Red Lobster restaurant.law firm is helping people from Minnesota and other states sickened in this outbreak.
On August 9, 2015, our young client and his family went to the Oakdale, Minnesota, Red Lobster to celebrate his grandmother’s birthday. The lawsuit alleges the restaurant served Andrew & Williamson cucumbers in a salad to patrons, including our client .
Two days later, he developed stomach cramps and diarrhea, symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning. He was treated by a doctor, who obtained a stool culture. Testing confirmed that he had contracted a Salmonella Poona infection.
The lawsuit is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages.
Minnesota is one of 27 states with people sickened in an outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections linked to cucumbers. In Minnesota, at least 10 of the 12 people sickened ate the cucumbers at one of five Red Lobster restaurants in the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Nationwide, there are about 291 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The 12 confirmed cases in Minnesota range in age from 8 to 79 and are from nine metro and greater Minnesota counties. Their illnesses began August 13, through August 25. Eighty percent of those who got sick were female. Six were hospitalized.
(Note that CDC has updated the number of states and people sickened, and the following reflects that.) The states involved in the outbreak include:
Alaska (8), Arizona (66), Arkansas (6), California (51), Colorado (14), Idaho (8), Illinois (5), Kansas (1), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (12), Missouri (7), Montana (11), Nebraska (2), Nevada (7), New Mexico (15), New York (4), North Dakota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (5), Oregon (3), South Carolina (6), Texas (9), Utah (30), Virginia (1), Washington (9), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (3).
These are the most recent numbers from the CDC, with 341 confirmed cases in 30 states (updated numbers).
The implicated cucumbers were imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, a San Diego, Calif. company, according to the CDC. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition® label during the period from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015. These cucumbers are referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. They have a dark green color, and are typically 7 to 10 inches long and about 1.75 to 2.5 inches in width. They are sold in retail stores in a bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping. In restaurants, they are typically served as part of a salad.
The recalled cucumbers were produced in Baja California and distributed in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. They reached consumers via retailers and restaurants, including Red Lobster.
The company website says it distributes produce to the following restaurants: Olive Garden, Red Lobster and The Capital Grille. The company also distributes to the following grocery stores and retailers, according to the website: Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, HEB, Albertsons, United, Sam’s Club, and Save Mart.
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