Brixx & Barley Salmonella Outbreak and Litigation
On August 13, a lawsuit was filed by Marler Clark, the Food Safety Law Firm and Heisman, Nunes and Hull against Brix on the Beach, LLC, d/b/a Brixx & Barley in Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of Lauren Cooper, a bride who became violently ill during her wedding after eating at Brixx & Barley days earlier. On August 9, 2019, the Nassau County Department of Health (“DOH”) closed Brixx & Barley, located at 152, West Park Ave., Long Beach, New York, as it investigates multiple cases of Salmonella. According to the DOH, Brixx & Barley “will not be allowed to reopen until the source of the Salmonella is identified,” DOH spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain said Friday night. “That could take some time.”
A dozen cases of culture confirmed Salmonella had been determined among people who ate food and drank beverages at Brixx & Barley, potential exposures dated back to early July.
On July 13, 2019, the bride, Lauren Cooper, purchased and consumed food and drink at Brixx & Barley. Her symptoms began in the days leading up to her wedding, with severe back pain, diarrhea and vomiting. On the day of Lauren’s wedding, July 20, 2019, she experienced additional symptoms. With a high fever and reoccurring bouts of diarrhea, she missed family photos, barely completed the vows and has little memory of her ceremony or wedding party. At 12:15 a.m. Lauren was rushed to the hospital where her Salmonella was confirmed, and she received treatment for the Salmonella infection and related injuries. Needless to say, the honeymoon was postponed.
“I have three daughters, I cannot imagine that this would happen on what should have been a day to remember for far other reasons than a Salmonella infection,” said William Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark. “We need to get to the bottom of why the Salmonella outbreak happened and to make sure something like this never happens again,” added Marler.