The recent outbreak of salmonella linked to tomatoes has affected several people in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs. At least seven cases have been reported at this time but many more may be reported in the coming weeks. The strain of salmonella from the seven reports is the same strain linked to the recent outbreak. In addition to these seven cases there are at least another 270 cases reported nationwide.
The FDA has issued warnings against eating tomatoes that are raw red plum, raw red round and red Roma. Not only should consumers avoid these types of raw tomatoes, they should also avoid eating any foods with these raw tomatoes as an ingredient. There are, however, some exceptions to this warning. Tomatoes from several states and countries have been approved as safe. A list can be found on the FDA website.
If you have eaten any of the above listed tomatoes and subsequently suffered from stomach flu like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever, you may have contracted Salmonella. You should seek medical attention immediately if you believe you may have contracted Salmonella. While Salmonella may resolve over time, it can be life threatening, especially in the young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
If you believe you have contracted Salmonella as a result of eating contaminated tomatoes, you may be able to make a claim against the tomato manufacturer. You should contact an attorney to learn more about what your rights are and to determine if you should take legal action.
Currently a partner with the McCallister Law Group, Marc McCallister first worked as a defense attorney at a large insurance defense firm where he defended area hospitals and physicians. He now concentrates on his areas of expertise, which include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle and wrongful death cases.