Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated Egg Salad


SEATTLE — Oregon County Health Departments and the State of Oregon Department of Human Services epidemiologically linked an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium to contaminated egg salad served in bulk and in egg salad sandwiches served at Oregon Safeway delis. Health officials are working with Safeway and Chef Solutions, the manufacturer of the contaminated product, to determine the source of contamination. The egg salad in question was only served at Safeway delis, and is believed to have been sold during the first ten days of September.

Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm nationally known for its successful representation of foodborne illness victims, represents victims of a Salmonella outbreak that was linked to contaminated sprouts earlier this year.

“Oregon has a great system set up, with good communication between local health departments and the state health department,” said William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark. “In this case, accurate, timely reporting by local health departments probably stopped this outbreak before many more people were infected with debilitating Salmonella infections.”

Victims of Salmonella infections experience painful cramping, nausea, and bloody diarrhea. Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are entirely normal. A small number of persons who are infected with Salmonella will go on to develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and discomfort on urination. This is called Reiter's syndrome or reactive arthritis. It can last for months or years, and can lead to chronic arthritis that may be difficult to treat.

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BACKGROUND: Over the last ten years, the attorneys at Marler Clark have represented over 1,000 Salmonella infection victims, and countless others hurt by unsafe food. These include 70 victims of an outbreak at the Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester, NY, last summer, and 50 victims an outbreak linked to a Chili’s in Vernon Hills, Illinois, this summer. The firm has successfully represented victims of Salmonella poisoning related to contaminated sprouts, cantaloupe, cereal, orange juice, and other foods. The firm represented victims against Sun Orchard after the company’s orange juice was tied to a Salmonella outbreak. Marler Clark also settled the claims of victims who ate Salmonella-tainted pastries at Black Forrest bakery in Clinton Township, Michigan. For more information on Salmonella, visit www.about-salmonella.com or www.foodborneillness.com, sites sponsored by the Marler Clark attorneys.