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31 of the Biggest Recalls in Food Safety History

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In November 2018 Cheyenne Buckingham and John Harrington wrote “31 Food Recalls That Poisoned the Most People.” Here is the Marler Clark view of the same list.

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31 of the Biggest Recalls in Food Safety History

  1. 1. 31 of the Biggest Recalls in Food Safety History
  2. 2. 31. Hudson Foods – Ground Beef, E. coli O157 • Year: 1997 • No. of cases: 15 • No. of deaths: 0 In 1997, Hudson Foods of Nebraska recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef after federal investigators found E. coli O157:H7 present in samples. This recall led to the end of Hudson Foods contract with Burger King and was the first major ground beef recall after the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak.
  3. 3. 30. Freshway Foods – Romaine, E.coli O145 • Year: 2010 • No. of cases: 26 • No. of deaths: 0 In April of 2010, health officials recognized a cluster of E. coli O145 infections in Michigan linked to two similar clusters in Ohio and New York. The FDA determined that the illnesses were tied to shredded romaine lettuce from a Freshway processing facility. Freshway issued a recall of all lettuce produced at their facility. Marler Clark represented 4 individuals effected by the outbreak, all claims were resolved in 2011.
  4. 4. 29. Topp’s Meat Company – Frozen Beef Patties, E. coli O157 • Year: 2007 • No. of cases: 40 • No. of deaths: 0 On September 29, 2007, the USDA notified consumers of a recall of 21.7 million pounds of ground beef patties. Marler Clark filed two lawsuits against Topp’s on behalf of families with children who were hospitalized as a result of their E. coli infections. In total, Marler Clark represented 9 people associated with the outbreak. All claims were resolved.
  5. 5. 28. SoyNut Butter Company – SoyNut Butter, E. coli O157 • Year: 2017 • No. of cases: 32 • No. of deaths: 0 In March 2017, the SoyNut Butter Company recalled all varieties of I.M. Health SoyNut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola products. Both opened and unopened containers of I.M Healthy SoyNut Butter tested positive for E. coli O157. Marler Clark represents 20 people sickened in the outbreak. Currently, Marler Clark is mediating cases against the retailers and distributors after I.M. Healthy declared bankruptcy.
  6. 6. 27. Romaine Lettuce – E. coli O157 • Year: 2018 • No. of cases: 210 • No. of deaths: 5 In April 2018, the CDC announced an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to romaine lettuce. Traceback investigation led to a recall of all lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. Marler Clark was contacted by over 100 people effected by the outbreak and is currently is in litigation and in the process of settling cases against various distributers.
  7. 7. 26. Wright County Egg/ Hillandale Farms – Eggs, Salmonella • Year: 2010 • No. of cases: 1,939 • No. of deaths: 0 In August 2010, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa and Hllandale Farms of Iowa conducted a voluntary nationwide recall of 550 million eggs after the CDC identified a nationwide increase in Salmonella infections linked to eggs sourced from their farms. Marler Clark represented victims of the Salmonella outbreak in claims against Wight County Egg and numerous restaurants that served the contaminated eggs. All claims were resolved in 2011.
  8. 8. 25. JBS Tolleson, Inc. – Ground Beef, Salmonella • Year: 2018 • No. of cases: 403 • No. of deaths: 0 In October 2018, JBS Tolleson recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef product, and in December recalled an additional 5.2 million pounds after the CDC announced a Salmonella outbreak linked to their products. Marler Clark represents multiple people effected by the outbreak and is working to negotiate settlements on their behalf.
  9. 9. 24. Costco – Chicken Salad, E. coli O157 • Year: 2015 • No. of cases: 19 • No. of deaths: 0 In November 2015, Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. voluntarily recalled their celery and onion blend that was identified as the contaminant in the Chicken Salads at Costco. Marler Clark represented 5 individuals impacted by the outbreak, achieving settlements covering medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
  10. 10. 23. ConAgra Beef Company – Ground Beef, E. coli O157 • Year: 2002 • No. of cases: 28 • No. of deaths: 1 Between April and June 2002, ConAgra recalled 18.6 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground beef and beef trimmings due to an outbreak of E. coli O157. Marler Clark represented 23 victims of the outbreak, all claims were resolved in 2004.
  11. 11. 22. General Mills – Flour, E. coli O121 • Year: 2016 • No. of cases: 63 • No. of deaths: 0 In July 2016, General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour due to an E. coli O26 outbreak across 22 states. A traceback investigation linked the outbreak to flour produced at a General Mills facility.
  12. 12. 21. Nestle – Cookie Dough, E. coli O157 • Year: 2009 • No. of cases: 72 • No. of deaths: 0 In June 2009, Nestle recalled all of their prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough after a sample tested positive for E. coli O157. Marler Clark represented 24 individuals who became ill as a result of the outbreak. To date, all of their claims have been resolved.
  13. 13. 20. Townsend Farms – Frozen Berries, Hepatitis A • Year: 2013 • No. of cases: 162 • No. of deaths: 0 On June 4, 2009, Townsend Farms announced a recall of their Organic Antioxidant Blend sold at Costco warehouse stores. Marler Clark filed 8 individual lawsuits against Townsend Farms along with a class action on behalf of those who received shots. All cases have been resolved.
  14. 14. 19. Foster Farms – Raw Chicken, Salmonella • Year: 2013-2014 • No. of cases: 634 • No. of deaths: 0 On July 3, 2014, Foster Farms recalled an undetermined amount of chicken products due to contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg. Marler Clark represented several individuals impacted by the outbreak. To date, all claims have settled.
  15. 15. 18. Bon Vivant – Soup, Botulism • Year: 1971 • No. of cases: 2 • No. of deaths: 1 In July 1971, Bon Vivant recalled 6,444 cans of soup contaminated with Botulism. One can of soup killed a man in New York and sickened his wife. This outbreak happened before Marler Clark was founded.
  16. 16. 17. Odwalla – Apple Juice, E. coli O157 • Year: 1996 • No. of cases: 70 • No. of deaths: 1 On October 31, 1996, the FDA announced that Odwalla was recalling all of the company’s juice products that contained unpasteurized apple juice. Marler Clark represented several children who suffered HUS and permanent kidney damage as a result of drinking Odwalla juice. The majority of claims were resolved in 1998 for a reported $12 million.
  17. 17. 16. Cargill – Ground Turkey, Salmonella • Year: 2011 • No. of cases: 136 • No. of deaths: 1 On August 3, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility from Feb. 20, 2011, through Aug. 2, 2011, due to possible contamination with Salmonella Heidelberg. In September, Cargill expanded the recall by another 185,000 pounds. Marler Clark filed two lawsuits against Cargill on behalf of people hospitalized due to their Salmonella infections.
  18. 18. 15. Circa de Campeche- Papayas, Salmonella • Year: 2017 • No. of cases: 220 • No. of deaths: 1 In August 2017, the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson across 16 states linked to papayas grown and packed at Circa de Campache farm in Campeche, Mexico. In response, Agroson’s LLC and Freshtex Produce recalled Maradol papayas sourced from Circa de Campeche. This outbreak was one of four separate outbreaks liked to Maradol papayas in 2017.
  19. 19. 14. Vulto Creamery – Cheese, Listeria • Year: 2017 • No. of cases: 8 • No. of deaths: 2 In March 2017, Vulto Creamery of New York recalled all lots of its raw milk cheeses after the a sample of their raw milk cheese tested positive for Listeria linked to a multi-state outbreak. Marler Clark represented several individuals impacted by the outbreak. All cases were settled in March 2018.
  20. 20. 13. Blue Bell Creamery – Ice Cream, Listeria • Year: 2015 • No. of cases: 10 • No. of deaths: 3 In April 2015, Blue Bell recalled all of its products on the market from all of its facilities, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks. Public health investigators tested multiple samples at Blue Bell facilities that all tested positive for Listeria. Marler Clark represented 21 individuals affected by the Listeria outbreak, achieving settlements covering medical costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
  21. 21. 12. Chamberlain Farms Produce – Cantaloupe, Salmonella • Year: 2012 • No. of cases: 261 • No. of deaths: 3 In August 2012, Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana recalled all cantaloupe grown on its farm after it was linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Laboratory testing isolated the outbreak strain from two cantaloupes in Kentucky sourced from Chamberlain. Marler Clark's Salmonella attorneys represented numerous victims of the Salmonella outbreak traced to Chamberlain Farms cantaloupes. All claims were resolved within months of the outbreak.
  22. 22. 11. Frescolina Marte – Cheese, Listeria • Year: 2012 • No. of cases: 22 • No. of deaths: 4 In September 2012, Forever Cheese, Inc. issued a recall of all production codes of Frescolina Marte brand ricotta salata cheese after it was linked to a multi-state listeriosis outbreak. The FDA isolated the outbreak strain from a sample of uncut Frescolina Marte brand cheese. Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a California couple whose baby was born prematurely and died after suffering a Listeria infection he contracted from his mother, who had eaten the Listeria- contaminated ricotta salata cheese. All claims to date have been resolved.
  23. 23. 10. Jack in the Box – Hamburger, E. coli O157 • Year: 1993 • No. of cases: 497 • No. of deaths: 4 In 1993, 73 Jack in the Box restaurants recalled their burger patties linked to a multi-state outbreak. Jack in the Box reported that in 18 months following the outbreak they lost approximately $160 million. Lawyers now at Marler Clark handled most of the litigation, which resulted in individual and class-action settlements totaling more than $50 million – the largest payments ever involving food-borne illness.
  24. 24. 9. Natural Selections Food – Spinach, E. coli O157 • Year: 2006 • No. of cases: 199 • No. of deaths: 3 In September 2006, all bagged spinach was recalled nationwide after it had been linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157. After the recall the FDA announced that the source of the outbreak was Natural Selection Foods of Salinas, California. Marler Clark represented 93 victims of the E. coli outbreak, and filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals from Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, New York, Utah, and Wisconsin. The law firm resolved all cases.
  25. 25. 8. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce – Cucumbers, Salmonella • Year: 2015 • No. of cases: 907 • No. of deaths: 6 In September 2015, Andrew & Williamson recalled all cucumbers sold under the ”Limited Edition” brand label imported from Mexico. State health departments tested cucumbers from several retail locations which tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Poona. Marler Clark represented 40 individuals affected by the outbreak, achieving settlements covering medical expenses and pain and suffering.
  26. 26. 7. Peanut Corporation of America – Peanut Butter, Salmonella • Year: 2008-2009 • No. of cases: 714 • No. of deaths: 9 Over 3,600 peanut butter products were recalled in 2009 when the presence of Salmonella Typhimurium was detected in King Nut peanut butter which sourced its peanut butter from PCA. Marler Clark filed 41 lawsuits against PCA on behalf of victims of the Salmonella outbreak. The firm also filed a lawsuit against King Nut on behalf of the family of a victim who died as a result of Salmonella.
  27. 27. 6. Hillfarm Dairy – Milk, Salmonella • Year: 1985 • No. of cases: 5770 • No. of deaths: 9 Bluebrook 2% milk was recalled by Hillfarm dairy after it was liked by the CDC to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. This outbreak is the largest culture-confirmed single outbreak of salmonellosis in the United States. This outbreak occurred before Marler Clark was founded.
  28. 28. 5. Pilgrim’s Pride – Deli Meat and Sausage, Listeria • Year: 2002 • No. of cases: 14 • No. of deaths: 7 In October 2002, Pilgrim’s Pride Foods of Franconia, Pennsylvania recalled 27.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat turkey and chicken products and suspended operations. The deli meat was linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis causing seven deaths and three stillbirths.
  29. 29. 4. Menu Foods – Pet Food, Melamine • Year: 2007 • No. of cases: Unknown • No. of deaths: Unknown In March 2007, the FDA recalled pet food from Menu Foods imported from China because it contained melamine. The melamine was labeled as wheat gluten and rice protein and was sickening and killing hundreds of pets. Marler Clark does not handle pet foodborne illness cases.
  30. 30. 3. Sara Lee – Hot Dogs and Deli Meat, Listeria • Year: 1998 • No. of cases: >50 • No. of deaths: 21 In December 1998, Bil Mar Foods recalled all hot dog products manufactured at its plant in Zeeland, Michigan after samples of their unopened product tested positive for Listeria.
  31. 31. 2. Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. – Cheese, Listeria • Year: 1985 • No. of cases: 142 • No. of deaths: 29 In 1985 142 people were sickened in Los Angeles and Orange County after consuming Mexican cheese produced by Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. The outbreak was linked to Jalisco’s use of raw milk in their cheeses. This outbreak occurred before Marler Clark was formed in 1993.
  32. 32. 1. Jensen Farms – Cantaloupe, Listeria • Year: 2011 • No. of cases: 147 • No. of deaths: 33 Jensen Farms declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on May 25, 2012. All Marler Clark clients’ claims with Jensen Farms were resolved through the bankruptcy proceedings; however, claims against other parties had to be resolved separately. Therefore, Marler Clark filed or amended lawsuits on behalf of all 44 families in July and August of 2013. They are filed on behalf of the families of 28 people who died and 17 people who survived. The total medical expenses exceed $12,000,000.

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