A Minnesota Salmonella outbreak has been associated with Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley “power greens” sold at Sam’s Club stores, the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed. Food poisoning lawyers at our Twin Cities-based law firm are accepting cases on behalf of those who were sickened. For a free Salmonella lawsuit consultation, contact our firm. Our Salmonella attorneys have collected millions of dollars in compensation for food poisoning victims and they understand the complexities of foodborne illness litigation in the court system. If a Taylor Farms Salmonella lawsuit were filed in this outbreak by our firm, the complaint would be filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, this outbreak was discovered in April. Six state residents contracted salmonellosis between April 3 and April 26 and one of those outbreak victims was hospitalized. “The illnesses were associated with the Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley “power greens” mix purchased at Sam’s Club locations in Minnesota,” said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Department of Health.
The agency said it didn’t issue a news release about the outbreak because Sam’s Club pulled the product from its store shelves nationwide on May 4 and directly notified all customers who had purchased the product in Minnesota since March 1, 2016. “A press release was not necessary to reach those who had been exposed,” Schultz said.
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Salmonella outbreaks caused by contaminated food are preventable and represent a breakdown of U.S. food safety systems. Fresh greens are governed by food safety regulations that are issued and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When an outbreak occurs, health officials and food safety regulators are able in many cases to trace the origin of the contamination.
Minnesota’s state health department said the six people sickened in the Taylor Farms Salmonella outbreak all were infected by the exact same strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. This determination was made possible by advanced molecular profiling, also called “fingerprinting.” When the fingerprints of one person’s Salmonella matches the fingerprints of Salmonella in other case-patients, an outbreak is confirmed. From there, epidemiologists survey as many patients as possible to zero in on what food choices the case-patients made during the days preceding the onset of their illness. The interviews usually lead to the discovery of a common food item, giving authorities the ability to test various samples of the food for pathogens.