Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner.
As I have reported since the initial Virginia outbreak of Hepatitis A linked
to Tropical Cafe Smoothies, the ongoing investigation has now spread to
seven states and 102 people, of which 39 have been hospitalized. As of
today, no deaths have been reported.
As of September 9, 2016, victims from seven states have been identified.
- Virginia - 83 cases
- Maryland - 10 cases
- West Virginia - 5 cases
- New York - 1 case
- North Carolina - 1 case
- Oregon - 1 case
- Wisconsin - 1 case
The CDC's ongoing investigation of this outbreak of Hepatits A continues
to identify new cases related to the initial contaminated product. Nearly
all the ill people who were interviewed indicated that they had consumed
smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations
before August 8, 2016. Even though the contaminated fruit is no longer
on the menu, with an incubation period of up to 50 days, more related
Hepatitis A cases could be identified in the upcoming weeks.
FDA’s investigation into the source and distribution of the strawberries continues also. The
agency is working with the Egyptian International Health Regulations National
Focal Point to discuss the investigation. "FDA is is attempting to
identify other parts of the relevant supply chain and will take appropriate
action as necessary. However, FDA is prohibited by law in most situations
from releasing publicly certain confidential commercial information about
supply chains.The FDA has initiated increased surveillance of imported
strawberries and will provide more information as it becomes available."
My firm has filed class-action lawsuits and complaints on behalf of injured
people related to this outbreak.
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability
litigation. His experience and knowledge regarding personal injury is
often sought by other lawyers and he regularly speaks at seminars regarding
personal injury litigation. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one
of "The Best Lawyers in America" by
Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by
Super Lawyer magazine (2016) - national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food poisoning cases. He is
knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved
in food poisoning litigation.