Second Lawsuit Filed in Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit today against CW Sprouts, the company tied to the recent Salmonella outbreak associated with alfalfa sprouts. The suit, which was filed in the Tenth District Court of Nebraska, Douglas County, is on behalf of Omaha resident Amanda Monastersky. The Ausman Law Firm, an Omaha area firm, is also representing the plaintiff.

Ms. Monastersky severe gastrointestinal illness lasted for several weeks. Ultimately, health officials determined that Ms. Monastersky was one of more than 120 people infected with Salmonella Saintpaul in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas in February and March of 2009. Health officials linked the outbreak to sprouts produced by CW Sprouts and distributed under the name SunSprouts. CW Sprouts has recalled the implicated product.

“Sprouts have a poor track record generally,” said Monastersky’s attorney, Drew Falkenstein. “The FDA has created guidelines for reducing bacterial contamination on sprouts, but we have continued to have outbreaks. We need to know what CW Sprouts was doing to keep their product safe, and why it didn’t work.”

In late March, Marler Clark and the Ausman Law Firm filed a lawsuit against CW Sprouts on behalf of another Omaha victim of the outbreak.