Family files salmonella suit against CargillPORTLAND, Ore. — The family of an Oregon child sickened by salmonella after eating a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Cargill, which recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey amid an outbreak.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The family of an Oregon child sickened by salmonella after eating a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Cargill, which recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey amid an outbreak.
A death in California and dozens of illnesses have been linked to tainted ground turkey. The suit filed in federal court in Portland puts the number of people sickened by the strain of salmonella at 107.
The suit claimed the 10-month-old girl from the east Portland suburb of Troutdale ate the meat in early June and developed severe diarrhea, requiring as many as 20 diaper changes a day.
She went to the hospital with a high fever on June 10, and five days later, tests pinned down the source of her illness, according to the suit. It claimed she spent seven days in the hospital.
The lawsuit said the salmonella strain has proven resistant to antibiotics.
Cargill said in a statement that it has upgraded the safety precautions at its Arkansas turkey plant, and is creating an independent panel of specialists to review its measures.
Company spokesman Mike Martin said the suit is the second related to the outbreak, the first filed in Arkansas by a person from Arizona.
Food scientists say that consumers should assume that raw meat could contain salmonella, and consumers are generally warned to cook ground turkey to at least 165 degrees.