Salmonella lawyers Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are warning consumers that Wonderful Pistachios recalled for Salmonella have a long shelf life and still may be in people’s homes. These recalled pistachio nuts were sold under the brand names Wonderful, Trader Joe’s and Paramount Farms and they have been associated with a nine-state outbreak of Salmonella poisoning. Our law firm is representing victims of this outbreak and we are proceeding in U.S. District Court in Minnesota with the outbreak’s first Wonderful Pistachios Salmonella lawsuit.
If you are a consumer, please be aware that Salmonella can cause both acute and chronic medical conditions, including a potentially debilitating disease called reactive arthritis. For older adults and other people with limited or undeveloped immune systems, infections can turn deadly in some cases. Recalled pistachio products can be identified by a lot code number that can be found on the lower back or bottom panel of the package. Check here for a complete table of recalled products. In the meantime, we agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that consumers should not eat and retailers should not sell recalled pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios.
Contact your health care provider if you think you may have become ill as part of this outbreak. So far, people in nine states have been confirmed as case patients via stool samples. Those states are Minnesota, Washington, Arizona, North Dakota, Michigan, Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia and Alabama. Most people infected with Salmonella Montevideo develop painful cramps and diarrhea — along with other signs and symptoms — from 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. For legal help in seeking compensation and holding the responsible parties accountable, contact Brendan and Ryan.
Pistachios Salmonella Litigation
The basis for litigation in this outbreak comes from ongoing scientific work by CDC and its local, state and federal partners. Not all outbreaks of foodborne illness are solved, but health professionals in this instance have unlocked the DNA fingerprints of the outbreak strain of Salmonella in 11 patients, including two who were hospitalized. They then matched the fingerprints to raw pistachios
“Recent laboratory testing isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo from samples of raw pistachios collected from Paramount Farms, where Wonderful pistachios are grown,” the CDC said. “Pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, California, are a likely source of this outbreak.”
The Minnesota patient who is represented in the lawsuit filed by Brendan and Ryan ate pistachios in February. Other case patients ingested the contaminated nuts in January and December. Still others could become sickened by unknowingly eating the pistachios they have stored in their homes. Not only does the window for lawsuits remain open, but attorneys at our law firm are continuing to investigate what food safety protocols were violated in the growing, packaging and selling of these contaminated products.
“The reason we litigate these cases is to advocate for the rights of our clients and to prevent others from enduring the same harms,” Ryan said. “Food poisoning is preventable and the system needs watchdogs.”