Adrift Restaurant Salmonella LawsuitsThe Skagit County Public Health Department (SCPHD) first learned of Salmonella illness associated with food from Adrift restaurant on September 7, 2005. Two people had been hospitalized at Island Hospital in Anacortes, and both had eaten crab cakes at Adrift restaurant between August 30 and September 2.
According to the SCPHD Salmonella investigation report, ten whole raw eggs were mixed into each batch of crab cakes. The cakes were approximately one and one-quarter inches thick and two inches in diameter. The restaurant made a batch of 75 crab cakes every two to three days. During a SCPHD investigation on September 9, health officials requested that a crab cake be cooked using normal restaurant procedures. When the crab cake was finished, a thermometer inserted into the center of the cake read just 108° Fahrenheit. The final report states,
From the inspection it appeared that the crab cakes were not cooked to an adequate internal temperature to kill the Salmonella pathogen (108 degrees at measurement vs. 145 degrees required by state code). The cooks were not monitoring internal temperatures in the crab cakes at cooking. The crab cakes were of a thickness to make thorough cooking on the grill without burning unlikely.
Marler Clark represented two women who became ill with Salmonellosis in claims against Cafe Adrift. The claims were settled in July, 2006.