Health Officials Report At Least 38 Sickened By Salmonella Outbreak at Windmill Winery
Florence, Arizona—On April 3, 2015, I wrote about a Salmonella outbreak linked to Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona. At the time, the Pinal County Public Health Services District ("PCPHSD") reported that at least 22 people had been affected. Today, the agency increased that count to 38 people, at least four of whom required hospitalization.
The outbreak is linked to two events held at the Windmill Winery on March 18 and 19, 2015. PCPHSD has identified the catering company that prepared the food as Kiss the Chef. Thomas Schyer, the Director of PCPHSD, reported that the caterer was operating illegally as the kitchen it utilized to prepare the food "was not authorized to be cooked in." Additionally, Windmill Winery had exceeded its legally permissible level of food preparation. The PCPHSD considers each of these acts to be "serious violaltions" of relevant laws and regulations governing food preparation.
PCPHSD initially suspended Windmill Winery's permit to operate, but that ban was lifted on April 8, 2015 subject to a risk management plan implemented by the agency. Kiss the Chef, which was issued a cease and desist order barring its operations, is not yet permitted to resume food preparation and service.
What You Should Do
If you recently visited Windmill Winery and are experiencing symptoms consistent with salmonella contamination, including diarrhea and abdominal cramps, you should immediately consult your physician for an evaluation.
If you became sick after eating contaminated food at the Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona, you may be entitled to compensation. You should act immediately to contact an attorney experienced in matters involving contaminated food.
Our Lawyers Can Help
O'Steen & Harrison, PLC is investigating legal claims on behalf of those who became ill after eating food contaminated by Salmonella at the Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona. We invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your legal rights.
For free answers to your questions about the Salmonella outbreak at Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona, please call us toll-free at 1-800-883-8888 or complete this online contact form.
Food Poisoning News
The first lawsuit was filed today in Maricopa County Superior Court against JBS Tolleson, Inc. on behalf of Dana Raab, who was diagnosed with Salmonella after consuming ground beef produced by the company.The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that JBS Tolleson is recalling 6,500,966 pounds of raw ground beef due to a Salmonella outbreak. Officials with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health report that at least nine people have been sickened due to eating raw ground tuna contaminated by salmonella.