Simon Luke Files Salmonella Claim on Behalf of Virginia Resident
Today the salmonella lawyers at Simon & Luke filed the first salmonella sprout claim against Tiny Greens Organic Farm and Jimmy John’s restaurant on behalf of a Virginia resident. The Tiny Greens farm, located in Urbana, Illinois, was found to be the source of an outbreak of Salmonella I 4,5 12:i:- linked to sprouts that sickened 140 people in in 22 states. Many of the victims ate the sprouts on sandwiches served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois.
The claim was filed on behalf of 76 year old Darlene Schmitt. During a family trip to Illinois, Mrs. Schmitt consumed the contaminated sprouts on a sandwich served at the Jimmy John’s Restaurant in Springfield, Illinois last November. She became extremely ill within 24 hours of consuming the sandwich, and was subsequently hospitalized for 6 days at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Virginia. She is one of two confirmed cases in Virginia related to this outbreak.
Since November 1, 2010, 140 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,,12:i:- were reported from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The victims resided in the following: Arkansas (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), District of Columbia (1), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (70), Indiana (13), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Missouri (23), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (4).
Illness onset dates range from November 1 to January 18, 2011. Victims range in age from 1 to 85 years-old, with a median age of 28 years-old. Sixty three percent of the victims are female. Approximately 24% of the victims were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
The Outbreak Investigation
A team of individuals from several local, state, and federal public health and regulatory agencies linked this outbreak to consumption of Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts (which contain alfalfa sprouts mixed with radish and clover sprouts). The sprouts were distributed to various customers, including farmers’ markets, restaurants, and groceries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri and may also have been distributed to other Midwestern states.
Half of the victims (70) reside in Illinois. Many of the victims ate sandwiches containing the contaminated sprouts at various Jimmy John’s outlets across the state.
The FDA and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conducted an on-site inspection of Tiny Greens Organic Farm. An environmental (water run-off) sample yielded Salmonella serotype I 4,,12:i:- that was indistinguishable from the outbreak strain by PFGE.
Tiny Greens Issues Recall of Contaminated Sprouts
On December 29, 2010, Tiny Greens Organic Farm announced a recall of specific lots of Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts due to potential Salmonella contamination.
Prior Sprout Outbreaks
Since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. Most of these outbreaks were caused by Salmonella and E. coli infections.
Simon & Luke Accepting Salmonella Sprout Cases
The salmonella lawyers at Houston-based food safety law firm Simon & Luke are accepting cases related to this salmonella outbreak. If you tested positive for Salmonella after eating at a Jimmy John’s restaurant, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your illness – including payment for all of your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering you endured – even if your illness was not severe and has resolved. We currently represent several victims who have pending salmonella claims, and we have been contacted by several other lawyers representing victims who have asked for our help in prosecuting the cases and in filing Salmonella lawsuits against Jimmy John’s and Tiny Greens Organic Farm.
About Ron Simon and Simon & Luke
Ron Simon and Simon & Luke have represented thousands of people across the United States, Mexico, and Canada who have been victimized by contaminated food products. We have recovered over $450,000,000 for our clients, including numerous settlements in excess of one million dollars. We have handled over 2500 salmonella claims and filed hundreds of salmonella lawsuits in the last 4 years alone, including the following outbreaks in Illinois:
Here are just a few of the prior Illinois food poisoning outbreaks in the last 4 years in which we have represented victims:
- ConAgra Peter Pan Peanut butter salmonella outbreak – 2006-2007
- ConAgra Banquet Pot Pie salmonella outbreak – 2007
- PCA and Kellogg peanut butter cracker salmonella outbreak – 2008-2009
- Sushi King salmonella outbreak – 2009
- Daniele International, Inc. salami salmonella outbreak – 2010
- Subway salmonella outbreak – 2010
- Subway shigella outbreak – 2010
- Wright County Egg salmonella outbreak – 2010
- Rolf’s Patisserie staph aureus outbreak – 2010
Our food poisoning and salmonella lawyers and attorneys can help you with your food poisoning and salmonella outbreak, claim, lawsuit, and settlement against Jimmy John’s and Tiny Greens Organic Farm, including claims in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you are interested in pursuing a legal claim, or simply have questions about this outbreak, please call us toll free at 1-888-335-4901 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are happy to answer your questions free of charge.