The voluntary withdrawal of salmonella-corrupted peanut and almond butter is extending beyond Trader Joe’s. The recall now includes contaminated nut butters at stores around the country, such as Whole Foods, Target, GNC, Wal-Mart and Meijer. Illinois food poisoning lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn the public against eating tainted peanut and almond butter purchased from any of these stores.
The recall now includes more than 70 nut butter products that were produced between May 1 and September 24. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30 people from 19 different states suffered salmonella food poisoning after eating tainted nut butter.
Salmonella poisoning can lead to serious medical problems, including vomiting, pain, and diarrhea. It can also cause severe and sometimes, deadly infections in immuno-compromised people such as the elderly and young children.
Corporate officials from Sunland, Inc are advising the public not to eat any of the recalled products, and either throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. A complete list of contaminated products can be found on the FDA website.
Filing a Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit
The maker, seller, or distributor of a defective product can be held accountable for the injuries it causes. If you or a loved one suffered a salmonella infection from contaminated almond or peanut butter, a peanut butter recall lawyer can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
First, we will help you identify the responsible parties. These can include the product manufacturer, seller or distributor of all or part of the defective product. If one of the responsible parties is bankrupt or dissolves prior to the lawsuit, there may be alternative methods available to file the claim. Generally, the remaining defendants would have to compensate you for your damages.
Identifying your damages is the next step. This will vary with state but generally may include previous and future medical bills, emotional anguish, lost wages, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. Certain damages may require evidence from a medical expert.
If your employer or insurance company already paid for part of your damages, the entity that paid may have the legal right to get that money back after your settlement. To do so, the insurance carrier may file a subrogation claim.