June 23, 2017

First Chicken & Rice Guys E. coli Lawsuit Filed by Pritzker Hageman Law Firm

An E. coli lawsuit, believed to be the first, was filed April 18, 2017 in the Massachusetts Superior Court against Chicken & Rice Guys, LLC by attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm of Pritzker Hageman, a national food safety law firm. Their client was diagnosed with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after allegedly eating food prepared by the restaurant chain that operates in the Boston area. There is an E. coli outbreak associated with that restaurant chain. At least 15 people have been sickened in the outbreak, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. Illnesses began to be reported to public health officials in early April. Ten patients in this outbreak, which is a very high percentage, have been hospitalized because they have been so sick. According to the … [Read more...]

FDA Shuts Down Dixie Dew Products after E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak

The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products has sickened 29 people in 12 states, some very seriously. Nine of those people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. And twelve patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The question many families are asking is: where did that pathogenic bacteria come from? We now know the answer to that question. The FDA has shut down Dixie Dew Product's food facility registration as of March 27, 2017. That company is located in Erlanger, Kentucky. The FDA inspected the Dixie Dew facility between March 3 and March 15, 2017. During FDA's inspection, the investigators "observed grossly insanitary conditions that cause your firm's soy nut butter products to be adulterated … [Read more...]

What Stores Carried E. coli O157:H7 I.M. Healthy SoyNut Products?

The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has sickened at least 23 people in 9 states. Seven of those patients have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). And ten of those patients have been hospitalized because they have been so seriously ill. We decided to compile a list of grocery store chains that carried these products and have issued recalls of their own because the FDA does not do this. Please note that this retail distribution list should not be considered complete. Small stores and some independent retailers may have sold these products as well. It is also worth noting that these products were available for purchase online. The states where the patients in this outbreak live are Arizona, California, Maryland, Missouri, New Jerwey, Oregon, Washington, … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli O157:H7 I.M. Healthy SoyNut Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed in the E.coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products. All I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products and I.M. Healthy granola have been recalled as a result of this outbreak. Class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate in these cases, since every case is unique. In the investigation, the Oregon Health Authority found E. coli bacteria in an opened sample of an I.M. Healthy product taken from a home where two brothers were sickened. Epidemiologic evidence collected by the CDC also links the products to the illnesses. In the latest CDC update, fifteen of fifteen people interviewed about their illnesses said they ate I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home, at a facility that served it, or at a childcare center that served it the week … [Read more...]

Seven People Now Have E. coli at Montessori of Alameda in Oregon

According to the Multnomah County Health Department, seven people have now been sickened by E. coli bacteria at Montessori of Alameda preschool in Portland, Oregon. Six of the patients are children and one is an adult. All of the cases have occurred in one classroom. Four of the seven patients have lab confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infections. Two of the cases genetically match the E. coli O157:H7 strain from the national, multi-state I. M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak. Three patients have Shiga toxin-producting E. coli infections, but those infections have not been subtype. The Multnomah County Health Department has been investigating this outbreak since March 7, 2017. The CDC's page on this investigation into this outbreak has not been updated since March 13, 2017. The national … [Read more...]

Oregon Health Authority Finds E. coli in I.M. Healthy Products

The Oregon Health Authority has found E. coli O157 in a sample of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products taken from the home of two Oregon siblings. Both of the patients, both under the age of 18, were sickened in the outbreak linked to those products. The press release states, "Oregon confirms two E. coli O157 cases linked to national outbreak caused by I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter, Granola." Oregon is one of nine states where patients in this outbreak live. The others are Arizona, California, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The CDC has linked I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy Granola coated with SoyNut Butter to this outbreak. Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the OHA Public … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs in on I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

The FDA has issued information about the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter that has sickened at least 12 people in 5 states. Six of those patients have been hospitalized. And four people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication of this infection. On March 3, 2017, the SoyNut Butter Company recalled its I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with two best by dates. On March 4, 2017, they expanded the recall to include product packed in different sizes and more best by dates. But the CDC and FDA are warning consumers not to eat any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, including granola coated with the Butter, until further notice. The outbreak case count by state is: Arizona, (4), California (4), … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with WA Matador Restaurant

An E. coli outbreak is associated with the Matador restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, according to the King County Department of Public Health. At least five people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. The government has temporarily suspended Matador's food business permit so the facility can be cleaned and sanitized. The bacteria that caused these illnesses is Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC). This pathogenic bacteria can cause serious illness; in fact, three people were hospitalized in this outbreak because they were so sick. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly complication of an E. coli infection. Four of those sickened ate at the Matador Restaurant on August 14, 2016, and one person ate there on … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in King County WA: 2 Children with HUS

An E. coli outbreak in King County, Washington has sickened at least three children under the age of 5, according to the county's public health department. Two of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication of E. coli infections and have been hospitalized. The third child is recovering at home. The children reported eating fresh produce before becoming ill, but health officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak. “This looks like the beginnings of an outbreak as the three cases were reported within 13 days of each other – all from the same county.  Additionally, all had the dangerous form of E. coli that produces harmful toxins,” said Brendan Flaherty, an attorney with the national food safety law firm, which underwrites … [Read more...]

Oak Leaf Dairy Farm CT E. coli Outbreak Grows to 41 Sick

The E. coli O157 outbreak linked to the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut has now grown to include 41 confirmed cases. The patients range in age from 9 months to 45 years, with a median age of five years. The patients include seven adults and 34 children under the age of 18. Twenty-two of the sick children are age five or under. Ten patients have been hospitalized in this outbreak. One person is still in the hospital. Three of the hospitalized children have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of a shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection that can cause kidney failure and death. Two of the three children with HUS have recovered. The investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Connecticut Department of Public … [Read more...]

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