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Hepatitis-A Outbreak at Restaurant Linked to Tainted Green Onions

Summary:


This graphic neatly summarized all of the steps the CDC undertook to
investigate this Hepatitis A outbreak. Validation of that investigation
and its conclusion that the outbreak was due to scallions and not due
to unsanitary conditions at the restaurant was absolutely crucial to
the plaintiff’s case.

Plaintiff restaurant experienced a Hepatitis-A outbreak that an exhaustive CDC investigation concluded was caused by tainted imported green onions furnished by the defendant food service company. According to the service contract, defendant warranted the safety of its product, therefore, plaintiff sued for breach of contract and to recover damages suffered as a result of lost revenues and diminution of value. The timing of the outbreak could not have come at a worse time, as plaintiff was days away from a sale that would have yielded twice what it eventually sold for two years later.


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