Wisconsin woman files first lawsuit in Salmonella outbreak

Wisconsin woman files first lawsuit in Salmonella outbreak

By Charles Benson & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 18, 2012

BROOKFIELD- The first lawsuit filed over the Salmonella outbreak is coming from right here in Wisconsin.

A Brookfield woman says she became so sick after eating sushi on Valentine's Day that she ended up in the emergency room.

Health officials have linked the nationwide outbreak to raw tuna.  The Brookfield woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday in California.  TODAY'S TMJ4 talked with her Texas lawyer Ron Simon about the lawsuit.  "She went to a local sushi restaurant she got the spicy tuna roll and with 72 hours she started experiencing horrible diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and had to be.taken to West Allis Memorial Hospital,"said Simon.

More than 58,000 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna from a California company, Moon Marine, is being recalled.  The product was used in multiple places nationwide to make spicy tuna

Simon's food safety law firm has handled more 5,000 cases of salmonella, he thinks this outbreak isn't over yet.  There are 140 cases nationwide, 14 right here in Wisconsin of Salmonella Bareilly.  

"I believe there's more," said Simon "this a product that is very hard to identify.  Some of the fish restaurants that have it may not know it's a recall product."

"She has mounting medical bills, she's missed work and she needs to be compensated for that," said Simon.

Simon also released a statement about the lawsuit:

"We need to determine exactly how and where this tuna product became contaminated so that we can prevent it from happening again.  Consumers in our country deserve to eat with the confidence that their food won't harm them.  This lawsuit is just one more step towards assuring that all foods imported to the United States be safe and free of dangerous and potentially deadly bacteria."