Wal-Mart and Frontera Produce Salmonella Jalapeno Pepper Outbreak LawsuitBetween April and August of 2009, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with state, local, and tribal health officials to investigate a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that initially was believed to have been caused by the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated tomatoes, and later was determined to have been caused by contaminated jalapeno and Serrano peppers.
By the end of August 2009, investigators had identified 1442 people who had become infected with Salmonella Saintpaul after eating contaminated jalapeno and Serrano peppers, and indicated that tomatoes may have been an additional source of infection at the beginning of the outbreak. At least 286 people were hospitalized with Salmonella Saintpaul infections during this outbreak, and two people’s deaths may have been caused by their Salmonella infections.
Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple people who were sickened in the Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated jalapeno and serrano peppers. All claims against Wal-Mart have been resolved.