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Peanut Corporation of America Jailed for Salmonella Outbreak

Stewart Parnell, former owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping peanut products contaminated with salmonella in 2007. The outbreak that ensued caused nine deaths and more than 700 illnesses. Alongside Stewart Parnell, his brother, food broker Michael Parnell received a 20-year prison sentence. Mary Wilkerson, the PCA plant's quality assurance manager, was sentenced to five years in prison. “Just ship it,” Parnell wrote in a 2007 email to a plant manager after being notified of the contamination in the latest batch of peanut products.

Food safety activists are hailing this ruling as a step toward a safer, more transparent food industry for America. We still have a long way to go in containing salmonella and other dangerous bacteria in foods. If you have been affected by salmonella or another type of food-borne illness, seek medical care for your condition. Then, contact an experienced food poisoning attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your illness. This party could be the food product's manufacturer, supplier, distributor, or retailer. In some cases, the fault could potentially fall on more than one of these parties.

America's Most Common Food-borne Illness

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Hundreds Fall Ill After Eating Imported Cucumbers

Over the past three years, more than 600 people in the United States have become ill with Salmonella Poona after consuming cucumbers grown and packed in Mexico by Rancho Don Juanito and distributed in the United States by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The victims hailed from 30 states. As of September 4, 2015, 70 victims have been hospitalized and two have died.

In response to the outbreak, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce has recalled all of the cucumbers that were released with the contaminated crops. Recalls serve as a way for companies to remove their harmful products from the marketplace to protect consumers from falling ill or being injured. If you have been affected by a recalled product, you could potentially have grounds for a product liability claim. When that product is a type of food or food product, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced food poisoning attorney to file and pursue your claim.

Symptoms of Salmonella Poona

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17 Suffer from Gastrointestinal Disorders After Eating at Elgin Golf Course

Earlier this summer, 17 people became ill after eating at a golf course lunch buffet in Elgin, Illinois known as The Grumpy Goat Tavern. The individuals affected experienced flu-like symptoms including nausea, sweating, body aches, runny nose, dehydration, and fatigue. One of the victims contacted the city health department to conduct an investigation of the restaurant. Once the investigation was complete, the health department declared The Grumpy Goat Tavern to meet sanitation and safety standards. There was no conclusive ruling about whether the food from the buffet actually caused the gastrointestinal disruptions in the individual who became ill because there was no food leftover from the meal in question for the health department to inspect.

Food poisoning can have serious consequences, especially for individuals with weak immune systems. If you experience food poisoning after eating in a restaurant or other public place, you could potentially recover damages for your losses by working with an experienced food poisoning attorney to file and pursue a personal injury claim.

What Does a Health Department Investigation Involve?

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Salmonella Discovery Causes Pork Producer to Suspend Operations

Earlier this summer, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a product recall for barbecued whole hogs produced by Kapowsin Meats after its inspectors discovered Salmonella in a sample of the product. Since the recall, Salmonella has been discovered in other products made by Kapowsin Meats. The USDA responded to this further discovery by recalling all products by Kapowsin Meats and those from other companies that came from the same sources as the tainted meat. Examples of these other products include pork offal products, pork blood, and pork trimmings.

Kapowsin Meats voluntarily suspended its operations.

Salmonella refers to two species of bacteria: Salmonella bongori and Salmonella enteria. Both types of Salmonella can be found in a variety of animal species. Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause food poisoning, typhoid fever, and paratyphoid fever. If you become ill after consuming food contaminated with Salmonella, you could potentially have grounds for a food poisoning claim. This is a type of personal injury claim, which means that you may be able to recover your economic damages through a claim against the party responsible for your exposure to Salmonella.

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23 Quincy Veterans Suffering from Legionnaires Disease After Outbreak

A recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the Illinois Veterans' Home has left 23 residents suffering its symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue, body aches, fever, coughing, and lung inflammation. The cause of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) are working together closely with the Adams County Health Department to determine how the disease was brought into the facility.

Individuals who suffer from food poisoning may be able to recover economic damages through a food poisoning claim. Food poisoning claims are a type of personal injury claim that are made by a victim to recover money from the party responsible for his or her illness or injury.

What is Legionnaires Disease?

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