OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers File Lawsuit in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Don Julio Mexican Restaurant
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (StLouisRestaurantReview) OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers filed the first lawsuit in an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to a Don Julio Mexico restaurant in North Branch, Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District (Anoka County), case file number 02-CV-21-2846.
The Plaintiff in the Salmonella lawsuit became seriously ill with a Salmonella infection after eating at a Don Julio Mexican Restaurant in North Branch, Minnesota. After seeking medical attention and testing positive for Salmonella, public health officials interviewed him specifically about his dining at the Don Julio restaurant in North Branch, indicating that others have also been infected with Salmonella after dining there. The plaintiff is still sick and continues to test positive for the outbreak Salmonella strain. The suit names Don Julio, Inc., the company that owns and operates the restaurant, as the defendant.
OFT Salmonella Lawyer Brendan Flaherty says that the outbreak shows the risks of restaurant food poisoning remain as people return to in-person dining: “A restaurant Salmonella outbreak can be caused by unsafe food practices at the restaurant or by serving food or ingredients that were contaminated up the supply chain. But customers always have a right to safe food, and we intend to get to the bottom of this outbreak.”
Ryan Osterholm, Food Safety Lawyer at OFT Law, says his client wants restaurants to bring a renewed focus to food safety. “For the past year, public health departments have been overwhelmed trying to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which has likely left some food poisoning outbreaks unnoticed or unsolved. As life returns to normal, and people return to restaurants, it is critical that restaurants and their suppliers safely handle and prepare the food they serve to customers.”
Restaurant owners should understand this case and visit with their insurance company to understand what coverage they have and what coverage might be available to protect the restaurant as well as the customers.