Son Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Peanut Butter Company after Mother’s Death

Marler Clark Files Salmonella Lawsuit on Behalf of Son after Mother’s Death

ST PAUL, MINN. – The family of Shirley Almer, one of nine people who died after consuming products made with Salmonella-contaminated peanuts produced by Peanut Corporation of America, filed a lawsuit against Kanan Enterprises of Solon, Ohio, maker of King Nut peanut butter, last week. The lawsuit, which was filed by Almer’s son, Jeffrey Almer and his attorneys at the Seattle-based food safety law firm Marler Clark, was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota (Case number 0:10-cv-04783-MJD –JSM).

According to the complaint, Shirley Mae Almer consumed a peanut butter-based product manufactured by King Nut in 2008 when she was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Bethany Rehabilitation Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. On December 12, 2008 Ms. Almer began to suffer gastrointestinal pains . Over the next several days her condition worsened, and she was hospitalized. Ms. Almer was pronounced dead by causes related to a Salmonella infection December 21. Weeks later, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a product safety advisory based onpositive tests for Salmonella in a King Nut container of peanut butter. The next day King Nut voluntarily recalled all of its peanut butter products made with Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) products for potential Salmonella contamination.

“King Nut had a responsibility to Mrs. Almer, her family, and anyone else eating King Nut peanut butter to produce a safe product. That responsibility involves ensuring suppliers are providing unadulterated ingredients,” said Bill Marler, attorney for the Almer family.

King Nut was one of hundreds of companies that recalled products made with Salmonella-contaminated peanuts purchased from the now defunct PCA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed 714 cases of illness and 9 deaths to PCA products.

MARLER CLARK is the nation’s foremost food safety law firm and has represented 41 clients in claims against Peanut Corporation of America. The firm’s attorneys have been representing victims of foodborne illnesses, including Salmonella, for nearly 20 years.

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For more information about the lawsuit, or a copy of the complaint, please contact Suzanne Schreck at 206.346.1888 or