JBS Tolleson Raw Beef Outbreak and Litigation
On October 5, Marler Clark filed the first lawsuit in Arizona Superior Court against JBS Tolleson Inc., on behalf of Dana Raab of Florence, Kentucky who was diagnosed with Salmonella after consuming ground beef produced by the company. Ms. Raab is represented by Marler Clark, the food safety law firm, and O’Steen & Harrison, PLC, a top-rated Arizona law firm. The file number is CV 2018-012743.
Ms. Raab purchased ground beef from Sam’s Club on September 9, 2018. Three days later, she made meatloaf with a portion of the ground beef and froze the remaining product. On September 13, she began experiencing symptoms of severe diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. For the next two days, she was not able to keep any food down and eventually sought medical attention.
On September 15, Ms. Raab sought emergency medical treatment and was admitted to the hospital for five days. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with severe dehydration, a blocked bile duct, and a stool culture tested positive for SalmonellaNewport. She continues to recover from her Salmonella-related injuries.
On October 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), announced a recall of 6,912,875 pounds of JBS Tolleson raw beef products possibly contaminated with Salmonella Newport. To date, 57 people have been sickened with SalmonellaNewport across 16 states.
“Antibiotic-resistant Salmonellahas been a growing concern in the US over the last decade,” said Bill Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark, in Seattle. “USDA/FSIS must consider calling it what it is – an adulterant – and banning products that are in fact contaminated with it,” added Marler.