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The salmonella-related lawsuits against scene-y CityCenterDC restaurant Fig & Olive continue to stack up. The latest complaint, filed in U.S. District Court today, tells a particularly harrowing tale.
Plaintiff Said Saidi, a D.C. resident, reportedly dined at Fig & Olive on Sept. 5. Among the dishes he consumed were the truffle mushroom croquettes—one of the common denominators among salmonella victims who ate there.
The next day, Saidi began to experience stomach cramps and diarrhea, but he returned to Fig & Olive for previously made brunch plans. He wasn’t able to eat his eggs Benedict because his symptoms were so severe. When he returned home, Saidi immediately vomited. He continued to vomit and experience diarrhea, sweating, and nausea for several days.
Then on Sept. 9 (the day before the health department shut down the restaurant), Saidi flew to Stockholm to visit his parents. The complaint says his symptoms worsened on the flight; he had to make at least 15 visits to the restroom and suffered from profuse sweating and nausea. The symptoms continued during his stay in Stockholm and on Sept. 14, when he flew to Tehran. It was at a hospital there that Saidi tested positive for salmonella.
He’s seeking $500,000 in damages.
Saidi is the fifth local salmonella victim to file a lawsuit against Fig & Olive. The company responded to one of those lawsuits earlier this week, denying responsibility and blaming an unnamed third party.
As of Oct. 23, the D.C. Department of Health had confirmed 34 cases of salmonella linked to Fig & Olive and interviewed an additional 209 people. Fig & Olive’s West Hollywood location was also tied to the salmonella outbreak. Read City Paper‘s recent cover story about outbreak and its ongoing aftermath here.
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