Our law firm filed a lawsuit against Red Lobster Hospitality, LLC on September 7, 2015, on behalf of a child who contracted Salmonella Poona after eating cucumbers at the Red Lobster restaurant located at 8350 3rd Street North, Oakdale, Minnesota.
The Outbreak and Cucumber Recall
Cucumbers served at five Red Lobster restaurants in Minnesota may be the source of at least 10 Salmonella illnesses, according to state health officials. These illnesses are part of a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers that has sickened at least 341 people in 30 states.
Attorney Ryan Osterholm, a food safety lawyer at our law firm, is helping people sickened in this outbreak. Many of those sickened are children. He is preparing to file a lawsuit on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
You can contact Ryan for a free consultation. He represents clients throughout the United States with personal injury and wrongful death claims against restaurants, retailers, food processors, distributors and others.
There are 12 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona in Minnesota to date that are part of the multistate outbreak, which is being investigated the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, CDC, FDA and other states.
The investigation implicates “slicer,” or “American” cucumbers supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W), a California company, as a source of the outbreak. After Salmonella was found in cucumbers at a Andrew & Williamson facility, the company issued a voluntarily recall.
Recalled cucumbers were received by Red Lobster restaurants and other Minnesota companies. Investigations to determine specific companies that received recalled cucumbers are still ongoing.
The following businesses did business with Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce:
Olive Garden, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, Fresh and Easy, Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, HEB, Albertsons, United, Sam’s Club, and Savemart.
Red Lobster pulled cucumbers from all of its restaurants on Sept. 4, even though a large majority of cases nationally were not exposed at a Red Lobster restaurant. Confirmed cases in other states involved grocery stores, retailers and other restaurants.
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; all are recovering.
Nationwide, CDC reports 341 confirmed cases in 30 states:
Alaska (9), Arizona (66), Arkansas (6), California (72), Colorado (14), Hawaii (1), Idaho (8), Illinois (6), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (4), Minnesota (12), Missouri (8), Montana (10), Nebraska (2), Nevada (7), New Mexico (18), New York (4), North Dakota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (8), Oregon (8), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (7), Texas (18), Utah (30), Virginia (1), Washington (10), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (3).