Sun Orchard Orange Juice Class Action Salmonella LawsuitIn 1999, the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health-Seattle and King County, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they had identified the source of a Salmonella outbreak in Washington residents as Sun Orchard brand unpasteurized orange juice. At least 14 confirmed cases of Salmonella had been reported in the Seattle area, and additional cases were reported in Oregon at the time of the announcement.
During the investigation of what became a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Muenchen illnesses, Salmonella was detected in unopened containers of the Sun Orchard unpasteurized orange juice. Sun Orchard voluntarily recalled its unpasteurized orange juice, which had been distributed in various forms, to retail stores, restaurants, and other dining institutions under a number of different labels.
The Marler Clark law firm filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all people who had consumed Sun Orchard unpasteurized orange juice and who had become ill with Salmonella infections. The firm settled the lawsuit on behalf of 55 victims of the Salmonella outbreak for a reported $1.4 million.