BrightFarms Salmonella Lawyer Update: Nine Salmonella Cases Linked to Salad Products.

For more information on the BrightFarms Salmonella outbreak, to speak to a Salmonella Lawyer, or to inquire about a Salmonella Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.

BrightFarms Salmonella Lawyer Update: Nine Salmonella Cases Linked to Salad Products.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to salad products sold by BrightFarms on July 15, 2021. Following the outbreak announcement the company issued a recall on multiple salad products with the brand name BrightFarms that may be potentially contaminated with the salmonella bacterium. Along with the outbreak announcement, the FDA stated that they have received nine reports of illnesses linked to the outbreak from Illinois and Wisconsin.

In their investigation of the Salmonella outbreak, the CDC was able to interview more than half of the people diagnosed with the salmonella strain. At least six people have stated that they ate or bought BrightFarms packaged salad greens before becoming ill. Many of the people linked to the outbreak began experiencing symptoms as early as June 10th, 2021, and the most recent case was reported on July 15, 2021. According to the CDC, the number of actual cases linked to the outbreak is likely bigger than the number of reported cases. Many people who became ill may have opted out of seeking medical treatment or have yet to become ill from eating the salad products. 

The CDC stated that so far, the salad product brand names involved in the BrightFarms recall are Sunny Crunch, 50/50 Spring & Spinach, Harvest Crunch, and Butter Crisp. The salads were distributed to select retail stores in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana; the majority of the recalled products have a best by date through 7/29/2021. In the original outbreak investigation, the FDA stated that the recalled products were produced from BrightFarms in the Rochelle, IL, greenhouse farm. No source of the contamination has been disclosed at this time.

The outbreak investigation is still in its early stages, and as the CDC stated the number of cases may continue to grow as time progresses. In the previous outbreak caused by salad products, back in June of 2020, the number of cases jumped from 76 up to 701 in only three months. At the time the previous outbreak was linked to cyclospora, a seasonal parasite that is currently linked to a different outbreak, but as with the bagged salad outbreak in 2020, the current salmonella outbreak may see an increase of cases as more people become sick and seek out medical attention. Ron Simon, a National Salmonella Lawyer, stated:

“A series of events occurs between the time a patient is infected and the time public health officials can determine that the patient is part of an outbreak. This means that there will be a delay between the start of illness and confirmation that a patient is part of an outbreak.”

For more information on the BrightFarms Salmonella outbreak, to speak to a Salmonella Lawyer, or to inquire about a Salmonella Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.

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