Seattle law firm Marler Clark and Asheville, NC attorney Mark Kurdys have jointly filed a second lawsuit against Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida.
The firm represents Barbara Jane Dooley, a 72-year-old Jackson County, North Carolina resident who became ill with Salmonellosis after consuming Orchid Island unpasteurized orange juice in June while dining at a restaurant with her husband.
In the complaint, it is alleged that Mrs. Dooley drank Orchid Island Juice and became ill with symptoms of a Salmonella infection two days later. Because of the severity of her illness, Mrs. Dooley was admitted to the hospital and remained there for seven days. Lab work conducted while Ms. Dooley was hospitalized confirmed that she was suffering from a Salmonella infection, and that she was infected with a strain of Salmonella genetically indistinguishable from that isolated from Orchid Island unpasteurized orange juice.
Denis Stearns, a partner with Marler Clark, said “It is time for the FDA to stand up to the few remaining producers of unpasteurized orange juice and either require pasteurization, or at least require restaurants to telltheir customers that they are being served a possibly unsafe product. No one should be allowed to unknowingly drink unpasteurized orange juice.”