The attorneys at Walton Law Firm LLP are currently evaluating cases of salmonella attributed to peanut butter products originating from a plant in Blakely, Georgia. A national outbreak of salmonella has sickened hundreds across the country, including 62 documented cases in California.
A lawsuit has already been filed in Minnesota involving the death of a 72-year-old woman, and more lawsuits are expected to be filed in the coming weeks. The source of the salmonella infections was determined to be King Nut brand butter, from Peanut Corporation of America. The peanut butter was primarily sold in bulk to institutional and commercial consumers, such as hospitals and schools.
It is just now being revealed that Georgia plant has a history of sanitation-related problems that it failed to address.
An FDA investigation has determined that Peanut Corporation of America has distributed potential contaminated peanut butter paste to more than 70 customers for use in hundreds of products. A complete list of the products, which includes a variety of crackers, candy, ice cream, and cookies, can be found on the FDA website, or by clicking here.
If you have been diagnosed with Salmonella that you believe is caused by the consumption of peanut-related food products please contact Randy Walton or Scott Barber at (866) 607-1325 for a free evaluation of your case. If you would prefer, the firm can be contacted through a confidential online questionnaire.
UPDATE (2/11/09): It is being reported today that the owner of a peanut company at the center of the Salmonella storm urged his workers to ship tainted products after receiving test results that positively identified salmonella. The owner allegedly told his employees:
“…turn the raw peanuts on our floor into money.”