Chicago Man Sues Over Salami Sickness Claims

Raymond Cirimele, 55, from Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a Rhode Island meat company and tow of its former suppliers of spice, claiming he fell sick after consuming salami that has been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

Cirimele’s suit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court claims Daniele International Inc., Wholesome Spice (New York) and Mincing Overseas Spice Company (New Jersey) failed in preventing the outbreak.

Lake Ozark, Mo. resident Harold Hanks, 61, filed a similar lawsuit against Daniele and Wholesome Spice last week.

Last month, Danielle issued an over 1-million lbs. of salami recall, including temporarily halting production of salami products and changing its spice suppliers, as well as, only using irradiated pepper.

An investigation into the supply chain of the black pepper used in the recalled meat is being conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after some of the pepper samples collected from Danielle by Rhode Island’s Department of Health, tested positive for salmonella.

The outbreak which has caused 225 people to fall sic, including 15 in Illinois and two in Missouri is being tracked by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Speaking for Wholesome Spice, representative Attorney Mel Drozen said regulators after clearing the plant for production found no evidence of negligence, with all testing for salmonella proving negative.

Cirimele, whose favorite snack is salami, fell sick for 3-weeks, losing 6-lbs., even as his guts churned constantly and he continues to suffer from joint pain, after eating the contaminated product.

A sample taken by his doctor tested positive and while most of his symptoms have cleared up after taking antibiotics, Cirimele decided to file a suit for unspecified damages, in order to make the companies responsible ensure the products they market are safe.