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Economart Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit

On May 22, 2005, a group of friends shared a rotisserie chicken purchased at the Willison, North Dakota, Economart. Within thirty hours, three succumbed to Salmonella Typhimurium infections. An unrelated family, consisting of a mother and two children, purchased a rotisserie chicken from Economart the same day. The mother fell ill twenty-eight hours later with a culture-confirmed Salmonella Typhimurium infection, and one of her children was secondarily infected several days later and experienced a diarrheal illness.

On June 2, the day that the North Dakota Department of Health first learned of the Economart chicken link, health officials conducted a phone interview and on-site inspection to gather information on the store’s chicken- cooking and handling procedures. Certain procedures described in the phone interview that were critical to food safety were deficient in practice.

The Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys represented the family of an elderly woman who was part of the outbreak and ultimately died as a result of her Salmonella infection. The firm also represented her son-in-law in a claim against Economart. The claims were resolved in mid-2006 at mediation.

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