Paramount Farms Salmonella Lawsuits and LitigationOn May 18, 2004, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the nationwide recall of whole natural raw almonds by Paramount Farms, Inc. due to the detection of seven cases of Salmonella Enteritidis poisoning in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Utah that had been linked to the consumption of raw almonds produced by Paramount Farms. According to the FDA, the almonds had been sold under “Kirkland Signature,” Trader Joe’s,” and “Sunkist” brands. The “Kirkland Signature” brand almonds were available exclusively at Costco Wholesale Inc.
The recall was expanded to include millions of pounds of raw California almonds sold worldwide, and by June 1, 2004, over two dozen illnesses had been linked to consumption of contaminated almonds produced by Paramount Farms.
On May 24, 2004, Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit in Federal Court in Washington State against Paramount Farms on behalf of a Kennewick, Washington, family that developed Salmonella infections as a result of consuming the almonds. On July 1, 2004, the Salmonella lawyers filed a second lawsuit on behalf of a King County, Washington, man that also developed a Salmonella infection after consuming Paramount Farms almonds. Marler Clark filed several additional lawsuits against Paramount Farms before the matter was resolved out of court.
More about the Paramount Farms almonds Salmonella outbreak can be found on the Marler Clark-sponsored site about Salmonella.