Fig and Olive Salmonella Outbreak - Multistate (2015)


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple cities—Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.—investigated Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eating at Fig & Olive restaurants.

Illnesses were reported from Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, but the investigation was ongoing to determine whether there are illnesses in other states that are linked to eating at any other Fig & Olive locations that are owned by the New York-based chain.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that as of October 2, thirty-nine people may have been sickened with Salmonella after eating at the Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood between September 6 and 11, 2015. Of these illnesses, eight cases were confirmed by laboratory tests. So far, two people reportedly were hospitalized, and there were no related deaths.

The same type of Salmonella sickened at least sixty people in Washington, D.C., and five other states from late August through early September. As a result, an additional 150 cases were investigated.

The source of the infections had not yet been identified, but the NBC affiliate in Washington reported that LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. Department of Health, said that the truffle fries and mushroom croquettes were most likely to blame.

“We will advise the public if specific steps are identified that consumers can take to protect themselves,” CDC stated. “People with concerns about eating at a Fig & Olive restaurant location should contact their local health department.”

CDC coordinated a multistate investigation with the Washington, D.C., Department of Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and other states that have Fig & Olive restaurant locations.

In addition to the D.C. and West Hollywood locations, Fig & Olive has three restaurants in New York City, one in Scarsdale, New York, one in Newport Beach, California, and one in Chicago, Illinois.

Marler Clark represented 56 individuals affected by the outbreak, achieving settlements covering medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.