The lawsuit pointed to the need for the expanded recall of Frescolina Ricotta Salata cheese. The hope is that it will be a catalyst for additional testing of cheeses for Listeria contamination and that any other contaminated cheeses will be recalled.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) September 28, 2012
Just one week after attorney Fred Pritzker filed the first lawsuit against Whole Foods Market and Forever Cheese in connection with an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections, Forever Cheese expanded its recall of Marta brand Frescolina Ricotta Salata Cheese.
“The initial Frescolina Ricotta Salata recall issued by Forever Cheese was for cheese sold after June 20, 2012. However, my client was sickened by cheese purchased at Whole Foods Market at the end of May, 2012. After I filed a lawsuit on behalf of this client, Forever Cheese expanded the recall to include all Frescolina Ricotta Salata cheese sold after September 1, 2011,” stated Pritzker, who represents Listeria food poisoning victims nationwide.
Pritzker filed suit (CV12-4634) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on September 17, 2012. His client is the one CDC-confirmed Listeria case from Pennsylvania. Residents of other states are also involved in the outbreak: California (1), Colorado (1), District of Columbia (1), Maryland (3), Minnesota (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Three people died in the outbreak.
“Given the widespread nature of this outbreak and the fact that the recalled cheese contaminated an unknown number of other cheeses, I expect this outbreak to grow,” said Pritzker.
Court documents filed by Pritzker allege that prior to May 27, 2012, Whole Foods processed Frescolina Ricotta Salata cheese that was previously adulterated with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes by removing it from its original packaging, cutting it into smaller portions, repackaging it for retail sale and relabeling it. Pritzker alleges that other cheeses cut with the same equipment were then contaminated with Listeria.
“The lawsuit pointed to the need for the expanded recall of Frescolina Ricotta Salata cheese,” said Pritzker. “The hope is that it will be a catalyst for additional testing of cheeses for Listeria contamination and that any other cheeses potentially contaminated with the dangerous pathogen will be recalled.”
The recalled Frescolina Ricotta Salata cheese was sold to distributors for retailers and restaurants in AL, CA, CO, CT, D.C., FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Products were sold to supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale distributors.
Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team can be reached for a free consultation regarding a lawsuit for Listeria food poisoning at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or through his website. Pritzker, who recently won $4.5 million for one food poisoning client, is a national food safety advocate. This year he spoke at Harvard Law School, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cornell University. PritzkerOlsen, P.A. has offices in Minneapolis, MN.