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Seeking unspecified damages, a couple in Oregon has filed a turkey lawsuit against Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation alleging that their 10-month-old daughter Ruby Jane Lee consumed the company's Salmonella-laced product back in June.
Ingesting the now-recalled ground turkey, Reuters reports that the girl suffered from diarrhea and a high fever, and eventually had to be hospitalized for a week when the bacteria entered her bloodstream.
The family is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and emotional distress.
However, there may be a possibility of punitive damages, as their attorney pointed out that Cargill has had a long history of bacterial contamination and food safety problems, pointing to a larger, more persistent problem.
The same goes for other potential plaintiffs, as this likely won't be the only turkey lawsuit filed against the company.
Cargill voluntarily recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey on August 3 after the USDA finally concluded that its products had been contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella, causing some to become sick.
Latest numbers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that at least 107 people in 31 states have been sickened by the ground turkey, with 1 death occurring in California.
The outbreak has been so widespread as stores in 39 states have sold the ground turkey, which was sold under the Honeysuckle White, Shady Brook Farms, Riverside, Aldi's Fit & Active, Giant Eagle, HEB, Kroger, and Safeway brands.
If you were infected by the contaminated turkey, consider discussing a possible turkey lawsuit with an attorney.
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