There's new information about a recent foodborne illness outbreak in West Alabama. John Stamps is one of several attorneys handling the cases of people who became sick after eating at a funeral repast last month in York.
"Right now there have been some hints that this might have been the fault of the church in general. There's no evidence of that at all," says Stamps. "There's no evidence that the church was at fault and that's part of the investigation that we're still waiting on."
Preliminary numbers were that between 70 to 100 people were hospitalized in 9 states after the service. According to the Alabama Department of Health, tests revealed that food served after the funeral was tainted by salmonella.
"Right now the Centers for Disease Control is still investigating the matter," says Stamps. "The investigation by the Alabama Department of Health is still ongoing. Before we make any moves we want to make sure that all of those investigations are completed. Plus, we're still investigating things on our end."
Four days after the service a funeral home attendant, who had worked the service, was found dead at his house.
"I think that in initial reports there might have been some thoughts that he passed from a heart attack, but we found out, and the cause of death is listed on his death certificate as food poisoning," says Stamps.
At this point, there's no time frame for when or if cases surrounding this outbreak could end up in court.
Aside from Alabama, some who attended that funeral were hospitalized in: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma.