Investigation of the Recall of Costco Smoked Salmon

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Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating the recall of imported European smoked salmon sold in the U.S. at Costco Wholesale stores due to concerns over salmonella contamination.

Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating the recall of imported European smoked salmon sold in the U.S. at Costco Wholesale stores due to concerns over salmonella contamination.

The European imported Salmon was sold in the United Stated under two brand names, Foppen and Kirkland Signature Salmon. Both of the products were manufactured by the Netherlands based Foppen Company, the Foppen brand being processed at a factory based in Greece, while the Kirkland Signature brand coming out of a facility in the Netherlands. The salmonella bacteria has only been verified in the Greek facility, but the Kirkland brand processed in the Netherland plant was also recalled as a precaution. (See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/02/salmonella-salmon-outbreak/1608099/)

Both the Foppen and Kirkland Signature Brand of smoked salmon were widely distributed in the United States through sale at the Costco Wholesale store chain, with an estimate 250,000 units distributed. The products have a shelf life of approximately 26 days, so units bought from the middle of September, 2012, until early October and the beginning of the recall are impacted. (Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/costco-recalls-smoked-salmon-sold-to-quarter-of-a-million-customers/)

The recall was initiated after contamination at the Greek Foppen facility led to an extensive salmonella outbreak in Europe, linked to several hundred illnesses centered in the Netherlands. (Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/costco-recalls-smoked-salmon-sold-to-quarter-of-a-million-customers/)    

Starr, who is a partner in the firm, and is an attorney with experience in product liability claims, stated “In food contamination cases it is imperative that a consumer who believes that they are impacted see a healthcare professional immediately, not only for treatment but also that he or she performs appropriate tests, preferably before any antibiotics are administered, to determine what particular food borne pathogen is responsible for your symptoms. This clears one of the largest hurdles in products liability litigation, proving your individual link to the larger outbreak.”    

The Foppen Company has estimated that more than 100 cases of illness have resulted in the United States from the outbreak. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that it was still reviewing the data concerning the severity of the outbreak and has not released an official estimate of the number of cases involve. To help with this process the CDC requests that any such cases be reported immediately to your local Health Department. (See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/02/salmonella-salmon-outbreak/1608099/)

If you purchased one of the packages of smoked salmon from Costco which are involved in the recall and later contracted a bacterial infection, you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who also has experience with products liability claims who can help you understand your options.

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