ConAgra Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak LawsuitsIn November 2006, public health officials at CDC and state health departments detected a substantial increase in the reported incidence of isolates of Salmonella serotype Tennessee. In a multistate case-control study conducted during February 5--13, 2007, illness was strongly associated with consumption of either of two brands (Peter Pan or Great Value) of peanut butter produced at the same plant. Based on these findings, the plant ceased production and recalled both products on February 14, 2007. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Tennessee subsequently was isolated from several opened and unopened jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter and from two environmental samples obtained from the plant. New case reports decreased substantially after the product recall. As of May 22, 2007, a total of 628 persons infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype Tennessee had been reported from 47 states since August 1, 2006.
Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against ConAgra on February 20, 2007. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all individuals who became ill with symptoms of Salmonella infections, but were not hospitalized as a result of their infections. The class action lawsuit followed on the heels of two Salmonella lawsuits Marler Clark filed on Friday, February 16, 2007. Marler Clark represented over 1000 victims of the outbreak. All cases have been resolved.