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CW Sprouts/Caudill Seed Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

An outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul was identified in February 2009, when cases began to appear in Nebraska. In March, cases with an indistinguishable genetic fingerprint were identified in South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. Health department authorities were able to link many of the illnesses to sprouts produced by CW Sprouts and distributed to retail outlets such as grocery stores and restaurants under the brand name Sunsprouts. 121 people were sickened.

In April, 2009, a second outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul in sprouts spread through six states (Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia). Health officials soon learned, however, that this resurgence in Salmonella cases linked to sprouts was not a second outbreak, but rather a continuation of the original outbreak, and on May 1, the Caudill Seed Company withdrew certain batches of alfalfa seed imported from Italy. The seed had been responsible for both phases of this large

Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses in the second phase of this outbreak were not linked to sprouts grown by CW Sprouts.

By May 8, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 235 individuals who had become ill with Salmonella Saintpaul infections during the outbreak.

Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers filed lawsuits on behalf of 10 victims of the outbreak against CW Sprouts , Caudill Seed Company of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Italian seed supplier, called Mediterranea Sementi. All claims have been successfully resolved.


May 6, 2009 - Sprout Seed Manufacturer Named in Amended Lawsuit Filed by Marler Clark

April 30, 2009 - Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Amid Continuing Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

April 6, 2009 - Second Lawsuit Filed in Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

March 31, 2009 - First Lawsuit in Salmonella-Tainted Sprout Outbreak Filed by Marler Clark

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