July 29, 2009: Lawsuit Filed Against Pizza Hut in Greenwood, MS

July 29th, 2009

Members of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, MS had a lawsuit filed on their behalf by attorney Carlos Moore of The Moore Law Office PLLC in Grenada, MS after claiming that they became ill shortly after eating chicken at a Pizza Hut in Greenwood, MS on January 18, 2009.

Carlos Moore is seeking $75,000 for each of the 15 people named in the updated lawsuit filed in the Leflore County Circuit Court on July 16, 2009.  NPC International Inc., Pizza Hut’s national corporate operation and the world’s largest Pizza Hut franchisee, has been named as the only defendant in the case.

A total of 19 people were taken to the Greenwood Leflore Hospital within approximately one hour of eating the chicken.  The church members all complained of nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea after eating chicken at the restaurant.

Although the Mississippi Department of Health did find raw chicken stored at inappropriate temperatures in the restaurant, they have stated that both they and the FDA found there was nothing wrong with the food that was consumed.

While no cause has been identified in this situation, the foodborne bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, a common cause of food poisoning, might be considered.  The toxins produced by S. aureus bacteria are heat resistant.  Could it be that S. aureus was in the raw chicken, survived the frying process and subsequently caused the illnesses?  It will be interesting to see what the final outcome of the yet to be determined origin turns out to be.

To learn more, please see Staphylococcal Food Poisoning and Staph Symptoms.  This information is posted as a courtesy of the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg. If you have been diagnosed with S. aureus, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, please submit a Free Legal Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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