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MINNEAPOLIS - PritzkerOlsen, P.A., the national food safety law firm, has filed suit on behalf of a woman from Mantorville, Minn., who is a confirmed victim of the multi-state Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to shell eggs (Robin Shaffer, et al. v. Davi Inc., et al., No. n/a, Minn. Dist., Beltrami Co.).
According to the lawsuit, filed in Beltrami County, the woman ate at Mi Rancho restaurant in Bemidji, Minn., on May 7, 2010, and started getting ill a short time later. The Minnesota Department of Health determined that she and at least six other patrons of the restaurant were sickened by the same identical strain of Salmonella Enteritidis.
Shell eggs were identified as the likely source of the Mi Rancho outbreak and were traced back by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration to Hillandale Farms of New Hampton, Iowa. Eggs from Hillandale Farms were then included in an expanded egg recall of more than half a billion eggs that started with Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa.
Restaurant clusters like the one in Bemidji aided state and federal health investigators in framing the egg outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1,470 reported illnesses are likely to be associated with this outbreak, making it the largest Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak reported since CDC started outbreak surveillance in the early 1970s.
"Our client's severe illness could have been prevented at several levels, but those with the ability to protect her from Salmonella poisoning failed to do so," stated Attorney Fred Pritzker, lead attorney for the firm's egg recall cases. "Our client and the hundreds of others sickened in this outbreak deserved better."
Pritzker Olsen is in contact with other victims and is accepting cases for additional egg lawsuits against Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg.
PritzkerOlsen, P.A., headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, represents individuals and families nationwide in cases involving foodborne illness. More information on the egg recall can be found on the firm's blog, foodpoisoning.pritzkerlaw.com.
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