Peanut Corporation of America Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak LawsuitsIn 2008 and 2009, a large, national Salmonella outbreak (with 714 confirmed cases in 46 states) was linked to peanut products sold by Peanut Corporation of America. Nine people died.
The outbreak was traced to a processing plant owned and operated by Peanut Corporation of America, located in Blakely, GA. The plant made both peanut butter and peanut paste, which was sold to many different companies for use in their products. Salmonella was also found in PCA’s Plainview, TX plant. In one of the largest food recalls in US history, all production from both facilities from January 1, 2007 forward was recalled, impacting more than 3600 products.
Marler Clark filed multiple lawsuits against PCA, and members of two families that Marler Clark represented testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on February 11, 2009.
All claims on behalf of Marler Clark clients against PCA and other manufacturers have been resolved - settlements were approved in Virginia Federal Court on September 1, 2010.
On February 21, 2013, the U.S. Justice Department indicted Peanut Corporation officials on 76 counts, including mail and wire fraud, the introduction of adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead, and conspiracy. Additional charges included obstruction of justice.
December 9, 2010- Son Files Salmonella Lawsuit after Mother's Death
September 1, 2010- Settlements Approved for Victims of Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak
February 5, 2009- Kellogg's Added to Marler Clark Peanut Butter Lawsuit
January 20, 2009- Lawsuit Filed in Nationwide Outbreak of Salmonella in Peanut Butter
January 17, 2009- FDA Must Widen Peanut Butter Recalls