First Peanut Butter Recall Suit Filed
Posted on January 28th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
According to the National Law Journal, the first lawsuit in response to the salmonella outbreak in various brands of peanut butter filed January 20. The peanut butter recall attracted nationwide attention recently after the media reported more than 470 people sickened and six fatalities. This month, the outbreak was traced back to peanut butter originating in a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Georgia. Although the source of the contamination is identified, the plant sold its product in bulk to other suppliers which has initiated a recall of several of its products in recent weeks. Likewise, Peanut Corporation of America has voluntarily recalled its products to keep further incidents from occurring, and the FDA strongly recommends that consumers stay away from cookies, cakes, ice cream, and any food containing peanut butter and peanut butter paste. Peanut butter in jars sold at the supermarket, however, are considered safe. The lawsuit against Peanut Corporation was filed by a couple in a U.S. District Court in Georgia where the plant is located. The couple’s 7-year-old son became ill in November from salmonella poisoning after eating contaminated peanut butter. Since it is likely than subsequent filings would also file here, the family’s attorney anticipates the court might consolidate all the cases under a single judgment. According to him, the case is a matter of “strict liability” against Peanut Corporation of America because it allowed a contaminated food product to leave its facility. So far, the Kellogg products recalled include Austin Quality Foods, Keebler peanut butter sandwich crackers and peanut butter cookies, as well as some packages of Famous Amos.
If you or a family member has experienced food poisoning by this peanut butter recall, or have a different injury claim for a defective or contaminated product, Page Cagle law firm is willing to help. Our team’s experience will protect your rights, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. Call Zane T. Cagle today at 1(314) 276-1681.