A Salmonella outbreak traced to a November 12 wedding in Sheffield, Alabama sickened more than half the attendees, 99 people, leaving 22 hospitalized. The Alabama Department of Public Health reports that the Colbert County food poisoning outbreak was linked to green beans and chicken served at the wedding reception. The Decatur Daily reports that about 150 people attended the Sheffield reception that was catered by Indelible Catering of Moulton. The catering firm had its food service permit suspended by emergency order.
The same catering firm had been linked to a 2014 outbreak of food poisoning that afflicted 19 people. A 71 year old woman died after the 2014 food poisoning outbreak.
Cory Watson Attorneys is investigating the Sheffield Salmonella outbreak and providing free legal consultation for victims of the food poisoning outbreak. Call our toll-free hotline (877) 935-4268 today to arrange for a free legal consultation.
What You Need to Know
Salmonella poisoning, though preventable, is all too common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Salmonella infections occur every year in the United States, with 19,000 patients hospitalized and 450 deaths.1
Symptoms of Salmonella include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Blood in the Stool
Most Salmonella infections are caused by eating foods contaminated with feces. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most commonly infected foods are:
- Raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Feces may get onto raw meat and poultry during the butchering process. Seafood may be contaminated if harvested from contaminated water.2
- Raw eggs. While an egg’s shell may seem to be a perfect barrier to contamination, some infected chickens produce eggs that contain salmonella before the shell is even formed. Raw eggs are used in homemade versions of mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce.2
- Fruits and vegetables. Some fresh produce, particularly imported varieties, may be hydrated in the field or washed during processing with water contaminated with salmonella. Contamination also can occur in the kitchen, when juices from raw meat and poultry come into contact with uncooked foods, such as salads.2
The risk of Salmonella poisoning is greatly increased when food is improperly handled, not kept at a safe temperature or undercooked.
What can I do if I was poisoned by Salmonella at a restaurant or purchased contaminated foods?
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a Salmonella infection and required hospitalization, you may be eligible for financial compensation for medical bills and other expenses.
The lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you. Call (877) 935-4268 or fill out our free consultation form to have one of our knowledgeable food-borne illness attorneys review your claim for free.
Cory Watson Attorneys is a leading national personal injury law firm serving clients throughout the country as well as locally across Alabama. Our lawyers have successfully represented Salmonella victims across the U.S. and are ready to help you with your case. Call the Cory Watson Hotline now at (877) 935-4268 for a free consultation.