Dinesh Ramde of Minneapolis Associated Press reported in "Man sues ConAgra over pot pie tainted with salmonella," on our client Eric J. Mand of Malone of Fond du Lac County who bought a ConAgra Banquet pot pie in mid-September. A few days after eating one, he became so sick with severe gastrointestinal symptoms that he
Josh Funk once again reports on how our government, despite finding errors at industrial food facilities, does not feel the necessity to inform the public of its findings. This despite pot pies having been linked to at least 272 cases of salmonella (65 hospitalized) in 35 states. Mr. Funk’s story follows:
USDA inspectors found flaws
CNN Money reported this afternoon that food maker giant, ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) Inc., said that it has resumed producing Banquet and private label pot pies a month after they were recalled after being linked to salmonella illnesses. The pot pies made by ConAgra have been linked to at least 272 cases of salmonella in 35 states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 65 people were hospitalized as part of the outbreak.
Conagra said shipments to retail customers are expected to begin in December and consumers can expect to see the pies in retail stores by January (I can not wait). The company belatedly recalled all pies produced at its Marshall, Missouri plant (which we have a Court Order to enter) October 11 after the products were linked to cases of salmonella. ConAgra faces several lawsuits (actually, five) related to the recall, which was the second ConAgra recall this year due to salmonella (remember Peter Pan). ConAgra said it expects the pot pie recall to cost about $30 million, or 4 cents per share.
Hmmm, I bet ConAgra wishes it would have spent that money on upgrades of the plants instead of potential settlements on behalf of injured people. I also spoke with Joe Ruff of the Omaha World Herald about ConAgra resuming production and the lawsuit we filed against it in its home state:
ConAgra’s menu again has pot pies
Leaving ConAgra no room to deny the obvious, according to the CDC, at least 272 isolates of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- with an indistinguishable genetic fingerprint have been collected from ill persons in 35 states. To date, three of these patients’ pot pies have yielded Salmonella I4,,12:i:- isolates with a genetic fingerprint indistinguishable from the…
When they are mixed together at ConAgra?* (hopefully, people recall the TV ads of a few years ago – "you have chocolate in my peanut butter.")
UPDATE – Between January 1, 2007 and October 29, 2007, at least 272 isolates of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- with an indistinguishable genetic fingerprint have been collected from ill persons…
We filed two lawsuits today – one against Cargill on behalf of a Minnesota boy who became ill after eating an E. coli-contaminated hamburger and another on behalf of a Michigan man who became ill after eating a Salmonella-contaminated turkey pot pie.
In the Minnesota case:
According to the complaint, Scott Reber ate a
CDC confirms Salmonella Pot Pie outbreak has been ongoing since January 2007 – a month before the Salmonella outbreak tied to ConAgra peanut butter was announced in February 2007.
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states across the United States and with…