September 9, 2015 — The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a second lawsuit has been filed amid an outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico.
The lawsuit was filed by Adam and Rebecca Junior on behalf of their son against Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.
The boy allegedly got sick from eating a salad at Red Lobster in Oakdale, Minnesota on August 9. He was not hospitalized, but did test positive for Salmonella Poona, the outbreak strain confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Andrew & Williamson supplies cucumbers to Red Lobster. In Minnesota, at least 10 out of 12 illnesses have been traced to cucumbers in salads at Red Lobster. The Orlando-based restaurant chain has pulled cucumbers from its restaurants.
It is the second lawsuit filed against Red Lobster by a person who fell ill after eating a salad. The other lawsuit was filed by a woman who was hospitalized after eating at a Red Lobster in Maplewood, Minnesota on August 11.
Nationwide, at least 285 people have been infected — including 53 people who were hospitalized and one woman who died — after eating cucumbers sold in grocery stores and major restaurants. Most of those illnesses were not linked to Red Lobster.
Andrew & Williamson distributed cucumbers to grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, HEB, and Walmart. They were sold without packaging or labels, which means customers may not realize they purchased or consumed the tainted vegetables. The first illnesses were reported in early July and new cases continue to be reported.
This is the second major Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers in less than a year. From May-September 2014, an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infected at least 275 people in 29 states. The outbreak was traced to a cucumber grower in Maryland.
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