Lawsuits Filed Against Wright County Farms Due To Egg Salmonella
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports of illness linked to contaminated eggs from Wright County Farms and the FDA is looking into the farm’s safety practices, food safety lawyers are beginning to file lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who were sickened by the eggs that were recalled.
The CDC estimates that about 1300 people have fallen ill from eating one of the 380 million eggs recalled since August 13th. Because of a time lag between symptoms and reporting, the agency has said that it suspects more to come.
Egg recall lawsuits target unsafe practices
In addition, the FDA is investigating hen feed that may have been shared among the affected farms. FDA Chief Margaret Hamburg has described unsafe practices at farms run by Austin “Jack” DeCoster, owner of Quality Egg which supplied both chickens and feed to both Wright County Eggs and Hillandale Farms. “There is no question that these farms that are involved in the recall were not operating with the standards of practice that we consider responsible,” she said.
Media reports have indicated that there is a long list of violations and penalties linked to DeCoster’s farms. Most recently, in 2009, the organization Mercy for Animals conducted a hidden camera investigation of a DeCoster farm in Maine and found animal cruelty in addition to unclean practices related to dead chickens.
As both investigations continue, food safety lawyers are filing lawsuits. Bill Marler, an attorney from Seattle, is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Jacqueline Shea Holt of Newbury Park CA. This 11-year-old girl ate Wright County Farm eggs on July 1st and was hospitalized for 4 days with salmonellosis.
The Marler-Clark firm states that it has been retained by two dozen families, including a woman who ate a Cobb salad containing eggs at the Baker Street Restaurant and Pub, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “We have about 30 [potential] cases that appear to be all linked to this egg recall,” Marler said.
“Salmonella lawyer” Fred Pritzker of the Pritzker/Olsen law firm located in Minneapolis is also representing victims of the latest egg recall. Previously, his firm has won over $6 million for plaintiffs in settlements from cases involving foodborne illness outbreaks.