Tomatoes Cause Chipotle Salmonella Outbreak

Update: October 14, 2015, our law firm amended the complaint adding Lipman Produce to the list of defendants as the product supplier. Counsel for Chipotle stated Lipman Produce sold the adulterated tomatoes to them. Lipman Produce is a company, headquartered in Florida, that produces tomatoes for retailers and restaurants across North America.

Tomatoes tainted with Salmonella Newport caused the outbreak in Minnesota associated with eating at 22 Chipotle restaurants in the state, according to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture.

The raw tomatoes were used in the restaurants’ salsa.

Investigators are working with state and federal partners to trace the tomatoes back to the farm of origin. This means there are people sickened in other states from the contaminated tomatoes.

Our law firm has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle and is representing several people sickened in this outbreak. We are a national food safety law firm with offices in Minneapolis. Call 1-888-377-8900 for a free consultation.

A total of 64 cases and 22 locations now have been linked to the outbreak:

  • 6801 York Ave, Edina;
  • 5608 W Broadway Ave, Crystal;
  • 786 Mainstreet, Hopkins;
  • 5480 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park;
  • 29 5th St, St. Paul;
  • 200 S 6th St, U.S. Bank Plaza, Minneapolis;
  • 10629 France Ave S, Bloomington;
  • 1839 E 66th St, Richfield;
  • 7750 Main St. N, Maple Grove;
  • 2303 White Bear Ave, Maplewood;
  • 229 Cedar Ave, 7 Corners, Minneapolis;
  • 3040 Excelsior Blvd, Calhoun Village, Minneapolis;
  • 2600 Hennepin Ave, Uptown, Minneapolis;
  • 4717 County Rd 101, Minnetonka;
  • 12509 Wayzata Blvd, Ridgedale Center;
  • 1201 S Broadway, Rochester;
  • 1021 Red Fox Rd, Shoreview;
  • 211 5th Ave S, St. Cloud;
  • 50 S 6th St, Minneapolis;
  • 1851 Madison Ave; Mankato;
  • 3905 White Bear Ave, Maplewood Mall;
  • 3324 Promenade Ave, Eagan Promenade.

tomato-poNine people have been hospitalized. Meal dates for the cases range from August 16 to August 28, and people became ill between August 19 and September 3. The cases range in age from 10 to 69 years and are from 13 metro counties and several greater Minnesota counties.

MDH Epidemiologist Dana Eikmeier stated that there “is no longer a risk of Salmonella from this particular product at Chipotle.”  The company has switched suppliers for its tomatoes and implicated product was removed from stores.

We have been asked about a class action. We are not filing a class action for these cases because our clients’ injuries are too varied. We representing each client individually. You can contact our law firm (click here) if you have questions.

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