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Salmonella Lawsuit


Last updated 9/15/2015 at 10:18am

After the Salmonella Poona outbreak from contaminated cucumbers spread to 30 states and claimed the lives of two people, a food-safety law firm filed a lawsuit against the San Diego-based distributor, Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce.

The lawsuit will determine how A&W failed to properly screen its products and to assure that the company takes the necessary measures so that this problem doesn't happen again.

A&W said they are working closely with health officials to find the root of the problem and to see if they are responsible for the outbreak. Upon learning about the outbreak, the company ceased and recalled all distributions. A thorough evaluation of their cucumber farming and packing is under way to find the source of the problem.

The outbreak began in August and A&W recalled their distributed cucumbers from grocery stores and restaurants in Sept. 4. The CDC found 341 people infected with Salmonella across 30 states, with at least 70 people being hospitalized.

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