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With hundreds sick and 9 dead from Salmonella poisoning, Congress spent the week trying to determine who's to blame.
"Would you be willing to take the lid off and eat any of these products now, like the people on the panel ahead of you, their relatives and loved ones did?" asked Rep. Greg Walden of the peanut company's CEO.
Until recently all the cases traced back to a peanut plant in
Costly medical bills have some victims wanting compensation, but Lubbock Attorney Nick Olguin says that might be difficult.
"If the plaintiff can prove that the company injected the suspect food into the stream of commerce, then it basically puts liability on the manufacturer of the food," said Olguin.
Proving liability can cost $15,000 to $60,000. "You have to hire the mechanical experts, the engineers. You have to hire the medical experts," said Olguin.
This case is very high profile, so Olguin
says it may be easier to prove fault, but there's another big hurdle. The
Peanut Corporation of
Olgiun says if you do want to file a food poisoning case you should do it as soon as possible because if you wait too long it's difficult to prove and evidence can get destroyed.
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