Marler Clark Investigates Salmonella Dublin Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef


According to the CDC, since the last update on November 1, 2019, one additional ill person has been reported from Washington. As of November 19, 2019, a total of 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Dublin have been reported from seven states – Washington, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa.


Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 8, 2019, to October 20, 2019. Ill people range in age from 39 to 74 years, with a median age of 66. Seventy-three percent of ill people are male.

Of nine ill people with information available, eight (89%) were hospitalized. One death has been reported in California. In five (45%) ill people, Salmonella was found in samples of blood, which indicates their illnesses may have been more severe. Salmonella Dublin is known to commonly cause more severe illnesses than other Salmonella strains, particularly in older people.

USDA-FSIS and state partners traced the source of some of the ground beef eaten by one ill person in this outbreak to Central Valley Meat Co., Inc.  On November 15, 2019, Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. recalled 34,222 pounds of ground beef produced that may be contaminated with Salmonella Dublin.

At this time, a single supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has not been identified that can account for all the illnesses in this outbreak. The investigation is ongoing and CDC will update the public if more information becomes available.

Symptoms of Salmonella Dublin include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, with most people recovering without medical treatment.  In some cases, the illness can become severe as bloodstream infections spread to other places in the body which often require hospitalization.  Vulnerable populations include children younger than 5 years and adults 65 and older.

The CDC is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will update the public if more information becomes available.  

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart. 

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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