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PORTLAND, Ore. - A second lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon June 25 against food giant ConAgra. The lawsuit arises from the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to the Marie Callender's brand frozen Cheesy Chicken and Rice dinners. Food safety law firm Marler Clark filed the lawsuit on behalf of Oregon resident Kevin Taylor Jr. (Kevin Taylor Jr. v. ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods LLC, No. 3:10-cv-00732-MO, D. Ore., Portland Div.).
According to the lawsuit:
Two days after Taylor, 24, consumed the Marie Callender's dinner, he woke up with a fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. His symptoms worsened quickly, but because he was uninsured, he stayed home and tried to wait for the illness to pass. When his diarrhea become bloody, however, he and his family became concerned, and his mother rushed him to an urgent care clinic, where he was treated and released. Taylor was given prescriptions for his illness, but his lack of insurance prohibited him from filling them.
Ultimately, Taylor remained ill at home and unable to work for another week. He lost 10 pounds during the illness, and though he continues to recover, he suffers from a greatly diminished appetite. Stool tests done at the urgent care clinic later showed that he had been infected with the strain of Salmonella Chester associated with the ConAgra-Marie Callender's outbreak.
ConAgra recalled the Marie Callender's brand meal after state and local health authorities identified it as the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 30 people in 15 states as of June 25.
Marler Clark is a nationwide law firm that has represented victims of every major foodborne illness outbreak since 1993. For more information, visit www.MarlerClark.com and www.marlerblog.com.
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