Wal-Mart Deli Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits and LitigationIn May 2006, Indiana's Johnson and Marion County Health Departments began receiving reports of an apparent Salmonella outbreak among patients at local hospitals. As of August 28, the Indiana State Department of Health reported that at least 84 individuals had been confirmed ill with Salmonellosis between May and August 2006. An investigation into the outbreak revealed the source to be foods purchased from the bakery and deli at the Wal-Mart store located at 1133 North Emerson in Greenwood, Indiana.
The epidemiologic investigation eventually confirmed the 199 cases of Salmonella infection. The first case onset occurred on May 19, 2006 with a final case onset nearly five months later on October 2, 2006. There were 89 Salmonella cases in Marion County and 87 cases in Johnson County. The peak period for illnesses associated with the outbreak was between August 11 and September 8, 2006.
Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a child who became ill as part of the outbreak. The child was hospitalized on September 7, 2006. Marler Clark also represented 25 people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating Wal-Mart deli foods.
On January 2, 2007 the Indiana State Department of Health (“IDH”) issued a final report, titled “Outbreak of Salmonellosis at a Wal-Mart Deli.” According to the IDH report, 199 cases of Salmonella “were identified among individuals consuming products purchased from a Wal-Mart deli” in the spring and summer of 2006.
Marler Clark's Salmonella lawyers represented one individual who developed reactive arthritis as a result of their Salmonella infection in a claim against Wal-Mart. All claims have been resolved.
You can read more about the Wal-Mart Salmonella outbreak on the Marler Clark-sponsored site about Salmonella.