Product Liability Lawsuit Filed against Cargill for Contaminated Turkey
The first product liability lawsuit has been filed against Cargill Meat Solutions Corp in association with their ground turkey products which have been contaminated with Salmonella. On August 3, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey due to these contamination issues. It was one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history.
The defective product lawsuit was filed by an Oregon family who claimed their 10-month-old daughter was hospitalized for one week due to salmonella poisoning. She became ill after eating spaghetti and meatballs using the contaminated ground turkey manufactured by Cargill. The young girl had diarrhea and developed a high fever, forcing her to spend a week in the hospital.
The family is seeking damages to cover pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress, and the parents’ lost wages while they spent a week in the hospital with their daughter.
So far, there have been reports of 100 illnesses and one death associated with the contaminated ground turkey. It is likely Cargill will face several more product liability lawsuits in the near future due to these illnesses.
Salmonella is the most common food-borne illness in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every six people becomes ill from contaminated food every year. If you have developed salmonella poisoning from eating the contaminated Cargill ground turkey, you should consult an experienced product liability lawyer in your area to make sure your rights are protected.