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Settlements Reached in Salmonella Veggie Booty Cases

After a day of mediation, we were able to resolve all 25 of the cases we represented in this litigation.  The mediator, Judge Epistein, did a masterful job getting the parties to resolve these cases.  As you might recall, in May 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) begun a multi-state investigation in response to an increase in laboratory reports, first posted on the PulseNet on April 2, 2007, of Salmonella Wandsworth. Salmonella Wandsworth is a very rare serotype that was never before implicated in a U.S. outbreak. As of September 6, 2007, there were 69 reported cases of Salmonella Wandsworth in 23 states and 14 cases of Salmonella Typhimurium in six states who became ill after consuming Veggie Booty, a puffed vegetable snack food with a raw, dried vegetable coating.  A total of 61 bags were tested in twelve states. Salmonella sp. was isolated from thirteen bags of Veggie Booty. Eleven of the thirteen bags were positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Wandsworth and one bag was positive for Salmonella Typhimurium and Enterobacter sakazakii. One bag tested positive for Salmonella Kentucky. CDC reported Salmonella Haifa and Salmonella Saint Paul were isolated from bags of Veggie Booty.

  • Cari

    My baby boy was also a victim of the Veggie Booty Salmonella outbreak. I’m not sure that he still suffers affects of the outbreak, except that he never recovered the substantial amount of weight he lost as a result of the illness. Can you tell me more about what the lingering symptoms of salmonella might be? He is 2 now and is behaviorally a challenge. He is a very picky eater and throws up frequently. Thank you.