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What Caused the Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak?

Blame keeps shifting in regards to the source of contamination in a salmonella outbreak linked to chicken salad products sold at Fareway grocery stores.

The total number of salmonella illnesses attributed to the recent outbreak sits at 170, with 62 of those requiring hospitalization due to the severity of their symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating chicken salad (whether or not you believe it may be associated with the current outbreak), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Although the official numbers are troubling enough to warrant concern on their own, they are likely much lower than the actual number of people who have developed salmonella from Fareway chicken salad, CDC said. The agency attributes these inaccuracies to differences in reporting practices from state to state, and because most people who get sick never see a doctor, thus their illness never gets reported.

Who’s to Blame for the Contamination?

Fareway Stores Inc. claims it isn’t to blame because it acted before the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to stop the problem. Likewise, Triple T. Specialty Meats Inc. says no tainted chicken salad was found at its plant in Ackley, Iowa, so the contamination must have occurred elsewhere, most likely during shipping, the company said.

“By the time the advisory (the recall) was issued, Fareway had already voluntarily pulled the product,” the grocery chain said in a statement on its website. “This product has not been sold at any Fareway location since Feb. 9, and will not be sold again at any Fareway until we are certain the problem has unquestionably been resolved.”

Salmonella Typhimurium

Triple T initially shipped the chicken salad to Fareway locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Iowa launched the investigation into Salmonella Typhimurium after identifying the bacterium in tests of 2 samples, notifying FSIS about the problem on Feb. 9.

The supplier recalled all chicken salad it produced between Jan. 2 and Feb. 7 on Feb. 21. Fareway stores sold the deli product in containers from Jan. 4 to Feb. 9.

The CDC has reported that both epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that the chicken salad produced by Triple T and sold by Fareway stores is “the likely source of this multistate outbreak.”

What is Salmonella Food Poisoning?

Salmonella is the most common cause of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., according to the CDC. Infection with salmonella can cause a range of different symptoms, depending on the patient. In people with weakened immune systems, including people with HIV, symptoms of salmonella poisoning are more severe than in people with healthy immune systems, the agency said.

Salmonella Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in the stool

Do I Have a Chicken Salad Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in chicken salad lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella infection cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got sick from eating chicken salad, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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