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Three More Lawsuits Filed in Poisoned Peanut Butter Case

In addition to the first filed case against Peanut Corporation of America and Kellogg (Meunier) we filed on the 20th of January, yesterday we filed the following in Georgia Federal Court.

Bryson Trone is a three year old resident of California. He consumed "Austin" brand peanut butter crackers on multiple occasions on or around December 25, 2008. He fell ill on December 26, 2008, suffering from fever, and profuse and painful bouts of diarrhea that turned bloody. His symptoms worsened, and he was subsequently hospitalized from January 1, 2009 through January 5, 2009. While hospitalized, he tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium.

Mrs. Mildred Williams is an 84 year old resident of Massachusetts. On or about December 27, 2008, Ms. Williams purchased Kellogg’s “Austin” brand peanut butter crackers. She consumed the crackers on or about January 3 and 4, 2009. She fell ill on January 5, 2009. She suffered from nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fatigue. Her symptoms persisted and worsened for more than a week. Finally, she sought medical attention and was admitted to the hospital from January 14 through January 22, 2009. While hospitalized, Ms. Williams tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. She is still ill, and still testing positive for Salmonella.

Paige Illiano, a thirteen-year-old girl from New York, fell ill on October 19 with severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea after consuming "Austin" crackers contaminated by Salmonella Typhimurium.  She grew more and more ill over the next several days and was seen in her pediatrician’s office twice before being hospitalized on October 23. During her hospitalization, Page required frequent doses of morphine to combat the awful pain of her illness. She was discharged on October 26, 2008, but still suffers from occasional abdominal cramps and diarrhea to this day.