All News / Case News /

Sun Orchard Orange Juice Salmonella Outbreak Class Action Lawsuit

In 1999, the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health-Seattle and King County, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they had identified the source of a Salmonella outbreak in Washington residents as Sun Orchard brand unpasteurized orange juice. At least 14 confirmed cases of Salmonella had been reported in the Seattle area, and additional cases were reported in Oregon at the time of the announcement.

During the investigation of what became a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Muenchen illnesses, Salmonella was detected in unopened containers of the Sun Orchard unpasteurized orange juice. Sun Orchard voluntarily recalled its unpasteurized orange juice, which had been distributed in various forms, to retail stores, restaurants, and other dining institutions under a number of different labels.

The Marler Clark law firm filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all people who had consumed Sun Orchard unpasteurized orange juice and who had become ill with Salmonella infections. The firm settled the lawsuit on behalf of 55 victims of the Salmonella outbreak for a reported $1.4 million.


Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Cases by Marler Clark

FDA Should Investigate Why Sun Orchard was Allowed to Import Unpasteurized Juice, Attorney Says

Get Help

Affected by an outbreak or recall?

The team at Marler Clark is here to answer all your questions. Find out if you’re eligible for a lawsuit, what questions to ask your doctor, and more.

Get a free consultation
Related Resources
Salmonella Food Poisoning

What is Salmonella and how does it cause food poisoning? The term Salmonella refers to a specific group of gram-negative bacteria with the potential to cause gastrointestinal distress and other...

The Incidence of Salmonella Infections

Typhoidal Salmonella Salmonella enterica serotypes Typhi, Sendai, and Paratyphi A, B, or C are found exclusively in humans. These serotypes, collectively referred to as typhoidal Salmonella, cause enteric fever (also...

The Prevalence of Salmonella in Food and Elsewhere

Most Salmonella infections are caused by eating contaminated food. One study found that 87% of all confirmed cases of Salmonella are foodborne. Foods of animal origin, including meat, poultry, eggs...

Transmission of Salmonella Bacteria

In the past two decades, consumption of produce, especially sprouts, tomatoes, fruits, leafy greens, nuts, and nut butters, has been associated with Salmonella illnesses. The surface of fruits and vegetables...

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include painful abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Salmonella infections can have a broad range of illness, from no symptoms to severe illness. The most common clinical...

Outbreak Database

Looking for a comprehensive list of outbreaks?

The team at Marler Clark is here to answer all your questions. Find out if you’re eligible for a lawsuit, what questions to ask your doctor, and more.

View Outbreak Database