Heavy metal band Attila lead singer Chris Fronzak has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon against Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, California over salmonella poisoning allegedly contracted from contaminated tuna.
News sources have reported that at least 258 people across 24 states have been sickened by tuna contaminated with salmonella Bareilly and salmonella Nchanga, two rare strains of salmonella that has caused at least 32 people to be hospitalized.
Last month, Moon Marine recalled nearly 59,000 pounds of Nakaochi Scrape, backmeat shaved from tuna fish bones.
Fronzak believes he was sickened by a spicy tuna roll eaten in Metairie, La on April 10, and said he suffered fever, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, all while being on tour with the band and performing on nearly a nightly basis.
Fronzak has reportedly decided to sue over the salmonella poisoning because of nearly $10,000 of medical bills he is left with, as he has no health insurance. “I’m not at fault for any of that,” Fronzak said. “I feel like I’ve been done wrong and I deserve compensation,” MSNBC reported.
In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Among 258 persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from January 28 to April 20, 2012. Ill persons range in age from 4 to 86 years, with a median age of 30. Fifty-seven percent of patients are female. Among 173 persons with available information, 32 (18%) reported being hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.”