Lawsuit Blames Salmonella-Tainted Cargill Turkey for Oregon Child’s Illness

The parents of a year-old Oregon girl have filed a lawsuit against Cargill Inc., claiming she suffered a bout of antibiotic resistant Salmonella after eating the company’s ground turkey. This marks the second time Cargill has been named in a lawsuit since its ground turkey was implicated in the multi-state <"">Salmonella outbreak.

At least 107 cases of Salmonella in 30 states, including one that was fatal, have so far been counted in this outbreak. After the same strain of antibiotic Salmonella Heidelberg was found at a Cargill turkey processing plant in Arkansas, the facility was temporarily shut down, and the company recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey products.

According to a Reuters report, the parents of Ruby Jane Lee claim she developed Salmonella at 10 months, after eating a spaghetti and meatballs dinner prepared by her father that contained Cargill ground turkey. Lee suffered from diarrhea and a high fever and was hospitalized for one week due to her illness. Her parents are seeking unspecified damages for pain and suffering, medical costs, emotional distress and their lost wages.

The lawyer for the Lee family told Reuters he expects to file more lawsuits against Cargill on behalf of other Salmonella victims in the near future.

The first lawsuit against Cargill connected to this Salmonella outbreak was filed early this month on behalf an Arizona man who was allegedly hospitalized with the outbreak strain of Salmonella in June.

The Cargill ground turkey recall includes chubs of fresh and frozen ground turkey, as well as retail trays of ground turkey meat and ground turkey patties. Recalled products were sold under the names Honeysuckle White, Giant Eagle, Riverside, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Fit & Active, Shady Brook Farms, and Spartan. The products subject to recall today bear the establishment number “P-963″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. A complete list of recalled ground turkey products, along with their freeze and use by dates can be found here.

Cargill requests that consumers who may have purchased any recalled ground turkey products return them to the point-of-purchase. The CDC is warning that because ground turkey has a long shelf life, much of the recalled product could still be in consumers’ freezers. The agency is urging consumers to check packaging on any ground turkey in their homes.

Yesterday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Cargill has restarted production on a limited basis at the Arkansas facility where the recalled turkey was processed. According to a spokesperson, new safety protocols approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been implemented at the plant.

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