Di Nolfo's Catering and Banquet Outbreak Lawsuit - Illinois (2010)


A July 17, 2010 wedding reception at the DiNolfo Catering and Banquet facility in Mokena Illinois was pinpointed as the source of an outbreak of foodborne illness among the guests. A health department investigation identified at least 50 people reporting symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

Anita Fowler of Griffith Indiana traveled to the reception at the DiNolfo Facility at 9425 W. 191 Street in Mokena and was ill by the next day. When she did not improve, she sought medical attention for her severe dehydration and other medical issues brought on by the infection. Marler Clark filed a food poisoning lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Fowler on July 27, 2010.

The CDC has released a 10-year study tracking foodborne illnesses sources to catering, delis, and home-prepared foods. They found that between 1998 and 2008 there were 833 documented outbreaks involving food prepared by a caterer (29,738 illnesses, 345 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths), as well as 7,921 outbreaks involving food prepared in a restaurant/deli (101,907 illnesses, 3,309 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths). Food prepared in a private home was responsible for 1,546 reported outbreaks (22,600 illnesses, 1395 hospitalizations, 21 deaths).

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