Mississippi Pizza Hut Lawsuit Filed by 15 People Alleging Food Poisoning

A food poisoning lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 15 people who were hospitalized after eating at a Mississippi Pizza Hut, although local health inspections have not identified a cause of the illnesses.

The Pizza Hut lawsuit was filed last week in Leflore Circuit Court in Mississippi against NPC International Inc., the owner of the franchise in Greenwood, Miss. where all of the plaintiffs ate on January 18, 2009. At least 19 people who at the restaurante that day became ill and required hospital treatment for nausea and vomiting. The complaint was filed on behalf of 15 members from the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Itta Bena, according to the Associated Press.

Investigations by the Mississippi Department of Health after the food poisoning outbreak were unable to pinpoint the cause of the illnesses. The investigators did find raw chicken stored at inappropriate temperatures, but that is unlikely to cause the reported illnesses as quickly as they occurred. In addition, Department officials would have expected more cases of Pizza Hut food poisoning among patrons who ate at the restaurant that day.

Did You Know?

AT&T Data Breach Impacts Millions of Customers

More than 73 million customers of AT&T may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other information released on the dark web due to a massive AT&T data breach. Lawsuits are being pursued to obtain financial compensation.

Learn More

The complaint alleges that the Pizza Hut franchisee is responsible for the illnesses by failing to exercise reasonable care in preparing and storing food, and for not properly training its employees. The members of the St. Paul congregation allege they all ate chicken at the restaurant and fell ill within an hour of eating.

Pizza Hut officials told the Associated Press they believe the lawsuit is without merit, based on the Health department report.

Typically, food poisoning symptoms develop within 48 hours after consuming contaminated food and drink, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea, as well as other symptoms depending on the source of the contamination.

The CDC estimates that there are 76 million food poisoning illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and as many as 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Salmonella, which is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, is frequently found in chicken and cost the nation $1 billion annually in health care costs and lost work time.

0 Comments

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

First Gardasil Lawsuit Set For Trial To Begin October 7th in California State Court
First Gardasil Lawsuit Set For Trial To Begin October 7th in California State Court (Posted yesterday)

The first Gardasil lawsuit will go to trial in California state court in October, as a group of cases at the federal level continue to be developed for future bellwether trials that are unlikely to begin until late 2025 or early 2026.

Tepezza Settlement Talks For Hearing Loss Claims Will Commence Next Month
Tepezza Settlement Talks For Hearing Loss Claims Will Commence Next Month (Posted yesterday)

Parties have been directed to meet quarterly for mediation sessions, which will explore the potential for Tepezza hearing loss settlements, as the talks leading up to the first bellwether trials, slated to begin in March 2026.