This month, the Cargill was forced to recall 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products potentially contaminated with a strain of Salmonella that caused one death in Sacramento County. The recall is one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history. As of August 11, 107 have been infected by the strain and fallen ill in 31 states.
Today we filed a lawsuit on behalf of the youngest victim.
“Since 1993, Cargill has been the source of contaminated meat implicated in at least 10 major outbreaks, 10 deaths, three stillbirths and 366 illnesses,” said William Marler, the Lee’s attorney, who specializes in food-safety litigation. “If a car manufacturer had the same numbers on an ongoing defect, what would we say? What if was an airline?”
The lawsuit filed in an Oregon federal court seeks unspecified damages for pain and suffering, medical costs, emotional distress and the parents’ lost wages.
“Cargill has had a decade of outbreaks and recalls involving Salmonella and E. coli” bacteria,” Bill Marler, a Seattle lawyer specializing in food poisoning cases who represents the Lee family, said in an interview. “Cargill’s track record is not very positive.”
The family’s attorney, Bill Marler, said Tuesday that Cargill owes it to the family to take responsibility for its actions.
“Most of us cannot fathom the helplessness a parent feels watching as their 10-month-old fights it out with a life-threatening illness,” said Marler.
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“Cargill needs to step up and start testing for these bugs more frequently,” Marler said. “When they find it, they need to divert that to further processing, such as more cooking or other forms of rendering.”