Illnesses linked to Fayetteville, NC Holiday Inn grows to 99; lawsuits filed

WRAL reports that cases of salmonellosis linked to the All American Sports Bar & Grill and Cafe Bordeaux continue to be collected by health officials and Marler Clark is representing two patrons who became ill.2631759-Holiday-Inn-FAYETTEVILLE-BORDEAUX-Hotel-Exterior-2

Tara Foster and Lucille Thompson both filed lawsuits Tuesday through Seattle-based legal firm Marler Clark, LLP, which specializes in foodborne illness cases. They are each seeking more than $10,000 from Aroma Hotels LLC, which operates the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, at 1701 Owen Drive in Fayetteville.

Foster, who ate at The Cafe Bordeaux on May 8 and 9, began experiencing symptoms May 10, the lawsuit states. Over the next three days, she was ill with abdominal cramps, diarrhea, body aches, headaches, dehydration, heart palpitations, hypersensitivity to light and touch and other gastrointestinal problems.

Thompson ate at The Cafe Bordeaux on May 9 and began feeling sick about 24 hours later, according to the lawsuit. She also experienced abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, dehydration, hypersensitivity to light and touch and gastrointestinal problems.

Both lawsuits allege that the hotel “manufactured, distributed or sold a food product that was adulterated, not fit for human consumption” and that they failed to properly train and supervise kitchen staff in safe food handling procedures.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for loss of wages, medical expenses, travel expenses, emotional distress and physical pain.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.