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Pritzker Hageman Law Firm Files First Lawsuit for Salmonella from Pre-cut Melon Against Caito Foods, LLC
[June 12, 2018]

Pritzker Hageman Law Firm Files First Lawsuit for Salmonella from Pre-cut Melon Against Caito Foods, LLC

The national food safety law firm, Pritzker Hageman, P.A., has commenced a lawsuit on behalf of a 73-year-old Ohio woman sickened in the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to pre-cut melon produced by Caito Foods, LLC at its facility in Indianapolis. Pritzker Hageman attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty filed the suit on June 11, 2018 in United States District Court in Toledo. The case is Diane Marcinek vs. Caito Foods, LLC (3:18-cv-01333).

As a result of the woman's Salmonellosis, she developed a rare complication, abdominal aortic aneurysm, that required surgical repair. After several days in a local hospital, she was transferred to a nursing home where she remains nearly a month after first developing Salmonella symptoms.

On June 8, 2013, Caito Foods recalled pre-cut watermlon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one or more of these melons. Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Retailers that sold these products include some of the largest food chains including Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Whole Foods/Amazon, Payless, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, and others.

It is believed that the adulterated melon products consumed by the Ohio woman were purchased at the Walmart Supercenter located on Trenton Avenue in Findlay, OH.

According to attorney Fred Pritzker, President of Pritzker Hageman, foodborne illness, including Salmonella, from fresh fruit and vegetables is a major health issue. "Several large and deadly outbreaks have occurred during the past decade as a result of adulterated fruit and vegetables," Pritzker said. Products include cantaloupe, apples, lettuce, and spinach. "We've represented hundreds of people from these outbreaks, many involving serious injury or death. It's unconscionable that these outbreaks continue, especially when virtually all of them are preventable by following basic safety and sanitation practices," he said.

Pritzker Hageman, P.A., is a national food safety law firm that represents clients who have been sickened by contaminated food. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty can be reached at 1-888-377-8900 or via the firm's website, The firm's offices are located at 45 South 7th Street, Suite 2950, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

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