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Consumer alleges Barber Foods chicken contaminated with salmonella

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing a food manufacturer for allegedly selling products contaminated with salmonella.

Betty L. Bolt filed a complaint on June 22 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Barber Foods LLC alleging that the defendant failed to ensure that its products were safe to eat and free of dangerous pathogens, including salmonella.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 30, 2015, she and her husband purchased a box of the defendant's frozen chicken products at Sam's Club in O'Fallon. After consuming the products, Bolt's condition allegedly deteriorated over several days as she suffered from the classic symptoms of salmonellosis. 

As a result, Bolt claims she was hospitalized and diagnosed with food poisoning due to salmonella. 

The plaintiff alleges Barber Foods failed to adequately evaluate the sources of its chicken, failed to test its processing environment and products, failed to adopt and follow good manufacturing processes and failed to warn consumers that its products contain salmonella.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit and any further relief the court deems appropriate. 

She is represented by Timothy Stubblefield of Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-337

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