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First lawsuit filed in Salmonella outbreak tied to pre-cut cantaloupe

A complaint was filed against Fred Meyer Inc. in Mason County (Washington) Superior Court on behalf of Nancy Green of Shelton, WA, by the Seattle law firm Marler Clark. The complaint claims that pre-cut cantaloupe purchased was contaminated with Salmonella Newport bacteria.

Green became ill after consuming pre-cut cantaloupe on Nov. 1, and within 24 hours began experiencing symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, muscle aches, fatigue and headaches, resulting in her hospitalization.

The complaint cites the Washington State Department of Health’s current investigation into a cluster of 18 Salmonella cases in Washington and Oregon linked to fruits sold at QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers and Central Market establishments.

Lab results have identified Salmonella Newport as the cause of Green’s infection. According to the Washington and Oregon Departments of Health, at least 18 people, including Green have been identified as part of the outbreak.