Two law firm firms announced today that they filed a lawsuit on behalf of the daughter of a woman who died after consuming <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/peanut_butter_salmonella">Peter Pan peanut butter. In a statement released earlier today the law firms, Parker Waichman Alonso Mark LLP and Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP, said the woman ingested Peter Pan peanut butter with a product code beginning with 2111. On February 14, 2007, ConAgra Foods recalled lots of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter due to salmonella contamination and widespread reports of related illness in multiple states.
he FDA warned the public not to eat Peter Pan or Great Value (a Wal-Mart brand manufactured by ConAgra) to avoid becoming sick with Salmonellosis. The recalled peanut butter jars have a product code beginning with “2111” on the jar lid. Consumers are being advised to avoid the recalled peanut butter. This lot of peanut butter was 1st manufactured in May 2006 and continued through the February, 2007 recall. ConAgra manufactures both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands in the company’s Sylvester, Georgia facility. The FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra’s processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee. On March 1, 2007, the FDA announced it found the strain of salmonella that tainted peanut butter made at the ConAgra Foods plant in Sylvester, Georgia. Government and industry officials have said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment.
The case was filed yesterday in Federal court in Mississippi and alleges, amongst other things, that ConAgra’s negligence, and its failure to comply with the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et. seq.) contributed to the peanut butter contamination and subsequent outbreak of Salmonella. The law firms say they have been contacted by thousands of people claiming to be sickened by the contaminated peanut butter. Consumers can request a legal consultation by visiting www.peanut-butter-recall.com.