The Salmonella lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios filed by our national law firm in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleges negligence and defective manufacturing against the California nut company. This active litigation was filed on behalf of our client, a victim of a multi-state food poisoning outbreak detected and traced to Wonderful’s contaminated pistachios. Our Salmonella lawyers are well along into their own investigation of this outbreak on behalf of clients. They also are continuing to accept cases from people who were sickened.
Contact attorney Brendan Flaherty for a free consultation. Food poisoning and infectious disease clients of our law firm have collected tens of millions of dollars for the damages they have suffered. This includes a very recent $1,000,000 settlement in 2016 for the family of a child who died last year of a toxic E. coli infection that could have been prevented.
The Wonderful Pistachios lawsuit on behalf of our client in northeastern Minnesota alleges the nuts were contaminated with Salmonella and therefore defective. There was no warning of this defect. Clearly, the company failed to maintain a safe product, which the lawsuit asserts was negligent. Failing to adopt, implement and follow food safety policies is at the center of the complaint. Salmonella is a dangerous human pathogen that causes painful gastrointestinal illness in some healthy adults. In every Salmonella outbreak, young children, older adults and other people who are living with compromised immune systems are put at risk for serious illness and infection. Our law firm also has represented families of individuals who have died from complications of salmonellosis. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.
In the Wonderful Pistachios Salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used PulseNet, the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories. PulseNet performs DNA fingerprinting on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people and manages a national database of these DNA fingerprints to identify possible outbreaks.
According to the CDC, a total of 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 9 states in the Wonderful Pistachios outbreak. Illnesses started in December, striking people in a range of ages — from 9 years to 69 years. Two people reported being hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
This outbreak prompted California-based Wonderful Pistachios to recall a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios because of the Salmonella threat.