From January 8 to March 20 of this year, 2018, 265 people were sickened in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to chicken salad sold at certain Fareway grocery stores. The chicken salad was made by  Triple T. Specialty Meats, Inc. and repackaged and sold by Fareway Stores, Inc.

By February 16, attorney Ryan Osterholm had filed the first lawsuit against Fareway Stores, Inc. and Triple T in Iowa seeking compensation for a client who was sickened. Since then, Ryan and our Salmonella lawsuit team have filed other suits, and our law firm is aggressively seeking compensation for several people sickened in this outbreak.

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Attorney Ryan Osterholm is representing over 30 people sickened in this outbreak. He has filed a number of lawsuits and is preparing to file others. He told the Des Moines Register that he and his team are gathering evidence and that he is “looking forward to getting to the bottom of it.” 

“Ninety-four of the people sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized, some of them with life threatening complications of Salmonella. I am helping people get compensation and justice.”Attorney Ryan Osterholm

CDC Final Report of Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Fareway Chicken Salad

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In January of 2018, health officials in Iowa began getting reports of Salmonella Typhimurium infections. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health departments began investigations into these illnesses. An analysis of interviews with people diagnosed with Salmonella Typhimurium found that a large number of them had eaten chicken salad sold at certain Fareway grocery stores.

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By the time we filed our first lawsuit against Fareway, IDPH was reporting 30 confirmed case, 28 of them in Iowa, and 66 suspected cases in Iowa. IDPH was waiting for the results of testing for the suspected cases to be confirmed cases. By the end of the outbreak, Iowa had 240 confirmed cases, according to the CDC final report. Twenty-five other cases were reported from seven other states: Illinois (10); Indiana (1); Minnesota (4); Mississippi (1); Nebraska (5); South Dakota (3); and Wisconsin (1).

CDC Map of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Fareway Chicken Salad

As the outbreak grew, additional people were interviewed. As of April 6, 2018, of 222 people interviewed, 194 (87%) reported eating chicken salad purchased from Fareway grocery stores. The investigation determined that Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. produced the chicken salad that ill people reported eating.

To find confirmed cases in this outbreak, the CDC used genetic testing called whole genome sequencing. This testing, which was done on bacteria isolated from ill people, showed that these people were all sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria that were genetically very similar. This meant that people in this outbreak were more likely to share a common source of infection, and for public health officials, the suspected source was Fareway chicken salad.

Further genetic testing was done on samples of Fareway chicken salad collected from two Fareway grocery store locations in Iowa. An outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was identified in both samples.

Prompted by this outbreak, both Fareway Stores and Triple T Specialty Meats recalled chicken salad.

If you were one of the 265 people sickened in this outbreak, you can contact attorney Ryan Osterholm or another Salmonella lawyer at our law firm about getting money for medical bills, lost income and your “pain and suffering,” which includes compensation for physical pain, emotional distress and other harm.