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A half-a-million dollar lawsuit has been filed in the salmonella outbreak at the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Charles Coffield from Pennsylvania filed the suit that said he became ill after eating the chowder.

The suit was filed against Shrimp Heads Inc.

Coffield said he ate one sample and bowl of chowder offered up by the restaurant.  

A day later he became ill.

Tests found that he did suffer from salmonella.

Coffield is asking for a jury trial.


CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state's Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized. 

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.


A food-cook off in Chincoteague is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella.

Officials are trying to get in touch with around 2-thousand who attended the Chincoteague Chili and Chowder Cook Off on Saturday.

Some are from other states.

They are asking them to fill out surveys to help answer questions about the outbreak as well as letting them know they should contact their local physician.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far the Accomack County Health Department has heard from around 350 people who were at the event.

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Three U.S. Senators are pushing a new pathogen monitoring standard for poultry products.

The effort comes after a report by the Government Accountability Office that recommended the US Department of Agriculture develop additional performance measures to deal with Salmonella and another pathogen.

The effort to tighten up the standards is being led by Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Gillibrand and Feinstein said the report shows that the current standards are ineffective and outdated.