On December 21, 2011, the law firm of Dreyer Boyajian LLP filed a civil Complaint against Hannaford Bros. Co., which owns and operates Hannaford supermarkets throughout New York, Massachusettes, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a victim of Salmonella poisoning who was infected after consuming ground beef purchased at Hannaford's Latham Farms store. The Complaint, filed in the Northern District of New York Federal Court, alleges that shortly after consuming the ground beef, the victim was taken to the emergency room, hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and soon thereafter fell into a coma and suffered other serious injuries.
On December 15, 2011, Hannaford announced that it was recalling any ground beef purchased at its stores with a "sell-by" date of December 17, 2011, or earlier. According to the Center for Disease Control ("CDC"), at least 16 people have reported Salmonella related illness from ground beef purchased at Hannaford stores between October 12 and November 20, 2011. The victims of the outbreak include persons from Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Hawaii.
The CDC warns that persons infected with Salmonella may develop diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and that infection may necessitate hospitalization and even cause death if not properly and timely treated, especially in the case of infants, elderly persons, and others with weak or impaired immune systems.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP is a leading law firm in Upstate New York dedicated to seeking justice for victims of mass torts, contamination, and food borne illnesses. Dreyer Boyajian LLP is currently pursuing as co-class counsel, claims on behalf of over 2,500 victims of the Cryptosporidium outbreak at the Seneca Lake State Spraypark in 2005, as well as victims of the Norovirus outbreak at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in 2008. The firm also served as lead class counsel for the E.coli outbreak at the Washington County Fair in 2000, which at the time was the largest waterborne outbreak of E.coli in the nation's history. In addition, Dreyer Boyajian LLP is prosecuting a lawsuit on behalf of several Hudson River communities against General Electric for the PCB contamination of their public water supplies.