May 24, 2004
Seattle food-safety attorney, William Marler, today filed a lawsuit against California-based almond producer, Paramount Farms. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court on behalf of the Morris family of Kennewick, Washington, three of whom became seriously ill and required hospitalization after eating Salmonella-tainted raw California almonds produced by Paramount Farms and sold by Costco. The almonds were purchased in January 2004. At least 18 people, and likely more, have suffered Salmonella infection linked to the consumption of raw California almonds produced by Paramount Farms and sold under the Kirkland Signature, Trader Joe's, and Sunkist brands.
The lawsuit alleges that Paramount Farms, as the manufacturer of the almonds should be held strictly liable for the injuries suffered by the Morris's. The company recalled over five million pounds of almonds after the Food and Drug Administration linked the almonds to ill consumers in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. The recall has been expanded to 13 million pounds and extends in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, France, Britain and Italy.
Continue reading Marler Clark Sues Paramount Farms Over Slamonella-tainted Almonds on the Marler Clark website.