Eight Deaths From Contaminated Meat - Broiler Industry - February 1999

Broiler Industry
February 1999

The number of deaths in the United States linked to bacteria-contaminated hot dogs and other meat products included in a nationwide recall by Sara Lee's Bil Mar Foods division has risen to eight, said federal health officials.

Six adults have died and two pregnant women have had spontaneous abortions since August because of meat products containing listeria contamination.

A spokeswoman for Sara Lee said the company is fully cooperating with federal investigators to determine the source of the listeria contamination.

Meantime, Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd. filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons who consumed hot dogs and other meat products manufactured by Sara Lee and Bil Mar with establishment numbers P261 for poultry and 6911 for non-poultry. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.