The national food safety law firm, Pritzker Hageman, P.A., has filed a lawsuit against Fareway Stores, Inc. on behalf of their client, a mother of four who has been diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning. The suit was filed today, February 16, 2018, in Iowa District Court, Polk County. The lawsuit alleges our client, K.H., contracted the Salmonella infection from contaminated chicken salad sold at a Fareway grocery store located in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Fareway Lawsuit Alleges Salmonella from Chicken Salad

The lawsuit alleges K.H. was shopping at the Fareway grocery store located in West Des Moines, Iowa, on February 11, 2018, when she purchased chicken salad in a container with “Fareway” on the label. She quickly became sick, experiencing stomach cramps and diarrhea on February 12. By February 14, her symptoms were bad enough that she sought treatment at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA.

While at the hospital, K.H. was given intravenous fluids and anti-nausea medication. The next day, she felt worse and went to the Methodist location in West Des Moines. A stool sample was taken at that location. It was tested, and Salmonella bacteria were found, indicating that she was sickened by this dangerous pathogen.


According to documents filed in this case, on February 9, 2018, the Iowa Department of Public Health notified the federal Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of an investigation of Salmonella related to illnesses within the state of Iowa. Five days later, FSIS issued a public health alert relating to Fareway’s chicken salad product, which had been shipped to Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The implicated chicken salad had been sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label and had been prepared between December 15, 2017, and February 13, 2018.

The USDA has issued a public health alert regarding the implicated Fareway chicken salad, warning consumers that this product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This came after the Iowa Department of Health issued a consumer safety warning regarding the outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning cases in Iowa associated with eating the Fareway chicken salad. As of February 16, 2018, there are 30 confirmed cases, with 28 of them in Iowa. There are also 66 suspected cases in Iowa.

Our food safety legal team helps Salmonella food poisoning victims get compensation. You can sue a grocery store for food poisoning. To contact the Salmonella lawyers at our law firm, please call 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free) or use the form on this page.