SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS LIABILITY CASE SETTLED OUT OF COURT
A man who was temporarily paralyzed and ventilator dependent as a result of eating chili sauce containing botulism has settled his claim against the food manufacturer. The terms of the settlement, reached in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, are confidential.
CONSUMERS IN SEVERAL STATES CONTRACTED BOTULISM
The Ohio man, who was represented by Dennis R. Lansdowne, was just one victim of the tainted chili dog sauce in the summer of 2007. The manufacturer was forced to recall millions of cans of the product after consumers in several states contracted botulism.
BOTULISM FOOD POISONING FROM CANNED FOODS
Botulism is contracted from the bacteria clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is a dangerous neurotoxin that paralyzes the muscles. It is so deadly that experts fear its use as a bioterror weapon. In mass-produced foods, clostridium botulinum is caused by unsanitary preparation and packaging techniques.
SALMONELLA POISONING & E. COLI POISONING LAWSUITS
Unfortunately, the safety of the country's food supply has been questioned lately by outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli, and other foodborne illnesses. Salmonella food poisoning has prompted recent recalls of several brands of peanut butter, Lian How spices, and Uncle Chen pepper These outbreaks are likely to continue and increase as more food products are imported into the United States. In addition, many frozen foods contain inadequate cooking instructions that put unwary consumers at risk.
Civil cases on behalf of people who contract food-borne illnesses involve both state and federal law. In addition, several regulatory agencies, most notably the Food and Drug Administration, have regulations governing food safety.
Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP is experienced in pursuing product liability law and claims for food poisoning in state and federal court.