Contact a Food Poisoning Lawyer:  Click HERE or

call or text 713-306-3880

Hepatitis A Outbreak  

- so far at least 100 get Hepatitis A from drinking strawberry smoothies -

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

The CDC has confirmed at least 100 victims have bee sickened by consumption of Tropical Smoothie Cafe Strawberry smoothies. The victims have acquired Hepatitis A, which is a serious and debilitating disease that attacks the liver. 
 To file a Hepatitis Lawsuit, call 713-306-3880 or click here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Announces Federal Court Order Shuttering Non-Compliant Food Processor

by Salmonella Lawyer Tony Coveny


The track record of Los Angeles based Neptune Manufacturing is so bad that a federal court recently ordered production ceased until the company can bring its production standards up to FDA requirements for safe food production. Neptune Manufacturing makes ready-to-eat smoked and pickled fish products that include pickled herring, steelhead trout, turbot/halibut, whitefish, salmon and mackerel. Sold primarily in bulk in California and Nevada, the fish production company failed at least seven facility inspections going back to 2006. On at least four occasions, the potentially deadly bacteria Listeria monocytogeneswas identified on the product, and on three occasions the potentially deadly bacteria Clostridium botulinum was identified. According to the FDA’s Melinda K. Plaisier, “when a company and its owners repeatedly violate the same food safety procedures, their failure to improve their processes and clean up their facility endangers the public.”

seasonal update

salmonella outbreaks traditionally peak in august

by salmonella attorney Tony Coveny, Ph.D.


When are most salmonella outbreaks?  Are salmonella outbreaks seasonal?  When am I most likely to get salmonella? 


Salmonella is a seasonal pathogen that follow a fairly standard path.  The CDC reported in an analysis of 11 years of reporting, that salmonella cases are least reported in February, with 1 to 2 thousand specimens collected, and then rapidly and steadily increase to approximately 5 times that number in August, before beginning a steady and rapid decline again.  In the same study, the CDC found that salmonella disproportionately affects those under four years old, and hits males more than females when the victims are under 19 years old, but females more than males in older groups. Note:  Cases of Campylobacterseem to follow the same trend, but cases of Listeria,Hepatitis A, and Botulism do not.

Salmonella LAwsuits

how is a food poisoning lawsuit different from other personal injury cases?

by Texas Salmonella Lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D.


In short, it is not.  A personal injury is just that, a personal injury.  And there is not board certification or special training a lawyer receives to be a food poisoning lawyer.  Its just that this sort of personal injury case is unique in that the science used to prove a case is distinct, and there is a way to proceed in these cases much like there are ways to proceed in cases that involve automobile accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, crane accidents, airplane crashes, or medical malpractice accidents.  There are very few attorneys in the U.S. who do only food poisoning claims and lawsuits.  The law, however, does not see a food borne illness case differently from a case involving any other personal injury case - the issues are relatively simple (though I do not want to over simplify them).  All personal injury starts with someone  owing someone else a duty - such as the duty to provide safe food when I prepare food for others.  Then, there must be a breach in that duty, such as allowing raw chicken to come into contact with my cooked foods (cross contamination).  Finally, there must be an injury.  It is not enough for me to find that a restaurant made bad food - I must eat it and get sick!

Salmonella Lawyer

Interesting Facts About Salmonella:

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

When a person gets sick from
Salmonella food poisoning, it is called Salmonellosis.

  1. Salmonella enterica is the most common of about 2300 strains of Salmonella bacteria - many of which make Humans sick. 
  2. Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Enteritidis account for one-half of all Salmonella infection in humans.
  3. Salmonella follows the fecal-oral  route, which is to say, it is shed in feces and then consumed by the unknowing who ingest infected fruit, vegetables, or meats. 
  4. It only takes about 15-20 cells of Salmonella to infect a person. 
  5. According to one source, Salmonella in the U.S. is most common in the Northeast, and a common source is young chicks and baby turtles!
  6. 75% if Salmonella enteritidis outbreaks have been traced, traditionally, to Grade A eggs! About .01% of all eggs are believed to be infected with this or another strain.
  7. According to the CDC, Salmonella is one of the most frequently reported source of food borne illness in the U.S.
  8. About 42 thousand cases of salmonellosis, usually caused by food poisoning, are reported in the U.S. each year.
  9. The CDC believe, however, that there are about 1.2 millions actual cases of salmonellosis in the country each year.
  10. Food infected with Salmonella does not look, smell, or taste different.
  11. Salmonella Typhimurium is most often from another animal, while Salmonella Enteritidis is most often from eggs and poultry.
  12. A new variant of Salmonella Typhimurium, known as DT104, is antibiotic resistant
  13. Victims usually get sick in 6-72 hours, and have acute symptoms for a matter of days to a couple of weeks
  14. Recently, Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms Chicken has led to many hundreds of reported cases, with many having antibiotic resistant features
  15. Salmonella is the most reported bacterial infection linked to food, followed by Campylobacter
  16. People who think they are sick from Salmonella should fill out an online heath report - called the Electronic Consumer Complaint Reporting Form

food poisoning lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer"

Outbreak Defined: "2 or more victims of a single pathogen"

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

People often wonder what the definition of a n "outbreak" is.  An outbreak is when more than one person I made ill from the same pathogen.  In many cases, the victims are not related, and the only thing they have in common is a food source, such as a product purchased at Costco or a meal at Applebee's Restaurant.  The common pathogen and the common source help health investigators trace the origin of the food poisoning.  This is called a trace-back investigation, and it indicates that investigators have identified victims of one pathogen, and then through interviews or questionnaires have been able to pinpoint commonalities amongst individuals.   When a food poisoning questionnaire, or in this case a specific  salmonella questionnaire, identified a common purchase, such as Foster Farms chicken in the relevant time period before the onset of illness, this product is flagged and the  compared with answers by people who did not get sick.  For example, if 87% of the victims recall eating romaine lettuce, but only 13% of the healthy people ate romaine lettuce, this is a statistically likely source. 




salmonella Ibs, ibd

are salmonella and irritable bowel syndrome linked? Reactive Arthritis?

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

For many years now, Salmonella Lawyers like myself have noted many of the victims of a Salmonella Outbreak have suffered from irritable bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome or other forms of colitis such as diverticulitis.  Traditionally, most people believed that salmonella was relatively harmless, and that IBS or IDB were not linked to salmonella poisoning.  But this may be changing, with new research backing up what many salmonella lawyers already believed - that the onset of salmonella causes or triggers gastrointestinal problems a victim did not experience prior to becoming ill.  The long-term effects of salmonella are now being considered in light of new date that point to the possibility of life-long colitis, IBS, IBD, and other forms of colitis as  a consequence of salmonella food poisoning.  One study showed that acute gastroenteritis can lead to an 8-year prognosis or IBS - another that 12 of 38  who were sickened with salmonella experienced IBS 12 months post-infection - and yet another pointed to post-Shigella infection with colitis led to a 5 year history of IBS.  This new line of research indicates the long-term side effects of salmonella may include irritable bowel syndrome or irritable bowel disease in many who have been diagnosed with salmonella, specially if the gastroenteritis is severe (which may be the case in victims with antibiotic, and often recurring, salmonella infections).  In each case, expert medical analysis is needed to establish this link - something a salmonella lawyer can assist you in establishing for a salmonella lawsuit.  If you believe you have acquired salmonella caused IBS, salmonella caused IBD, or gastrointestinal side effects from salmonella, you may be entitled to future medical expenses as part of your Salmonella Lawsuit.  This may be true especially if you were a victim of antibiotic-resistant salmonella liked to a Salmonella Outbreak.

For a 50 state list of SOL - statute of limitations - for food poisoning cases, click here.

Antibiotic resistant salmonella

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

Suspected salmonella poisoning should always be addressed by a qualified medical professional.  proper testing is also recommended, which includes as tool test, to determine the sero-type of the salmonella, such as Salmonella Heidelberg (recently found in Foster Farm's chicken), Salmonella Nganga (recently found in imported tuna), and Salmonella Newport, to name only a few of the serotypes in circulation that have been identified in current and recent salmonella outbreaks.  Identifying the sero-type enables health agencies to track and stop outbreaks, as well as giving companies the opportunity to initiate recalls that , in the log run, may save lives and save a company more than they cost to implement.  But equally important, proper culturing is vital to enable a medical professional to know what type of antibiotic to prescribe. In the recent Foster Farms salmonella outbreak, over two-thirds of the victims had salmonella strains that were resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics such as sulfisoxazole, ampicillin, gentamicin, kanamycin,  chloramphenicol, streptomycin, or tetracycline.  And in many cases (nearly a third) the strain was resistant to two or more.

Only a medical professional can determine if antibiotics are right for you, and in some cases may simply recommend rest and fluid intake.

Antibiotics resistant salmonella can lead to recurrent illness and possible IBS or IBD.

salmonella sources

Where do people get salmonella poisoning?

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

Salmonella is passed in the feces of animals and humans, and hence it can get into the food supply through manure on farms, animal droppings on farms, through rodents, birds and insects in processing plants, and when those who are ill do not properly wash their hands after defecating.  Bacteria and pathogens can also be spread if workers in the fields do not use proper bathrooms (or are not provided proper facilities) and defecate in the fields.   It can also spread through cross contamination - I have seen many cases as a salmonella lawyer where health agencies have noted bacteria potentially being spread through improper cleaning and food handling practices. For example: salmonella, 
E. coli, and Listeria, have been known to be in puddles around buildings that are then carried by a  person's shoes to other parts of the plant; salmonella, once introduced, can infect a particular machine (such as a peanut crusher or a meat slicer), and if it is not properly cleaned, can spread to other products and continue to contaminate for many days; salmonella can be in a  single product but spread to other products - in some instances, this is because raw meats are placed above uncooked foods in a refrigerator or freezer; salmonella can spread when food is not maintained at cold or hot enough temperatures for hours at a time; and utensils, such as knives, can spread the bacteria when used repeatedly without cleaning. 

How is salmonella spread?

By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

Salmonella outbreaks happen when feces are introduced into the food we eat. It can be on a food server's hands or from bird or rodent droppings in a warehouse that is used to process food. In many salmonella lawsuits, findings that animals, birds or insects were in the production areas is one of the most important findings because companies have an obligation to protect food from the carriers of deadly bacteria. What causes salmonella? Salmonella, once it is ingested, begins to multiply. It can grow quickly in the intestinal tract, and at some point the symptoms of salmonella begin to manifest as the body fights the infection. Salmonella food poisoning can happen in as little as a few hours or not for days--a proper salmonella lawsuit takes different incubation periods into account. What are the symptoms of salmonella? Diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting, nausea, a slight fever, and other, more serious side-effects can occur. Some people will think they have a stomach virus. In a salmonella lawsuit, a positive identification of salmonella is vital to rule out these other possible causes of food poisoning. How do they treat Salmonella? Antibiotics are available, but in most cases they treat the symptoms and try to make a person comfortable so they can "get through" the illness. As a Food Poisoning Lawyer, "Salmonella Lawyer," practicing civil law, I encourage people to seek medical attention, as the medical analysis and identification of salmonella is often a key part of the evidence in a Salmonella Lawsuit. This is because, as a salmonella lawyer, my priorities are 1)  the healthy recovery of my client, and 2)  to preserve the evidence and provide a proper foundation for bringing a claim against the party responsible for my clients salmonella food poisoning.


How do I file a Salmonella Lawsuit?


Filing a Salmonella Lawsuit is like any other lawsuit, but proving your case often requires getting tested, establishing which type of Salmonella you have been infected with, a PFGE match will be done (that is the DNA footprint of the salmonella which you have been infected with), and then the health department investigators will establish which establishment or food was infected with that particular type of salmonella. Testing and saving any remaining food is vital, if not absolutely necessary. As a Salmonella Lawyer, I realize that people are often too sick with food poisoning to think about saving and preserving evidence, that is why I like to talk to my clients early on, and encourage them totalk to a Salmonella Lawyer as soon after they become ill as possible. This is also important due to statute of limitations in food poisoning cases, which vary by jurisdiction.


A Salmonella Lawyer can also assist you in determining what damages you may claim, including past and future medicals, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  For a list of Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations, or "how soon do I need to file a food poisoning lawsuit," click here.


By Texas As a Civil Law Food Poisoning Lawyer "Salmonella Lawyer" Tony Coveny, Ph.D.

As a salmonella lawyer, I can attest that most instances of salmonella poisoning come from a breakdown in the  food processing and handling process.  In fact, in most instances of all the major pathogens, such as  
E. coli,salmonella, and Cyclospora, are introduced into the human food chain when human or animal feces gets into the food. And although it goes against traditional wisdom, many salmonella outbreaks are related to vegetables, grains, and other non-meat products! 
 


SOURCES OF Salmonella POISONING ~ the basis of asalmonella lawsuit

​​what, where, and why of salmonella food poisoning


Food Poisoning Lawyer

Lawyer/Attorney anthony c coveny pllc © All Rights Reserved.  Food Poisoning Lawyer here to help you with filing your food poisoning lawsuit!

Salmonella and Reactive Arthritis

Also known to cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), irritable bowel disease (IBD)

The evidence is in that salmonella food poisoning can cause reactive arthritis in rare instances, and has been known to cause lengthy cases of irritable bowel disease (IBD) ad  irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - these are the unfortunate side effects in some victims of an acute case of salmonellosis, and can require a great deal of future medical assistance, meaning significant medical expenditures in the future.  Expert medical opinions are necessary to establish the link between reactive arthritis and salmonella, or the link between IBS or IBD and salmonella food poisoning, but the body of literature supporting this link has grown substantially in recent years and medical professionals see more and more cases of long-term illness linked to salmonella food poisoning.  There is also growing evidence of IBS and IBD linked to E. coli infection.

Food poisoning lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D., is licensed in the state of Texas, with his office in Houston, Texas.

27715 Guthrie Ridge Lane, Katy TX 77494.  phone 713-306-3880.  A Texas food poisoning lawyer who has worked with victims of Vibrio, Shigella,  salmonella, listeria, E. coli, Hepatitis, and other pathogens . If you need a Salmonella Lawyer, aListeria Lawyer, an E. coli Lawyer, a Hepatitis Lawyer, or any other food poisoning lawyer, give me a call!