March 23, 2019

Attorneys File First Salmonella Lawsuit in Ohio; Others May Sue

The first Salmonella lawsuit in the multistate outbreak that is linked to precut melons has been filed by Pritzker Hageman attorneys. Their client is a 73-year-old woman who ate the fruit that was allegedly purchased from a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio just before Mother's Day 2018. The woman was hospitalized and needed surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in her abdomen that developed after the infection. She spent days in the hospital and is recovering in a nursing home. The Salmonella lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has successfully represented many clients sickened with this pathogenic bacteria, and is the lead lawyer in this Salmonella lawsuit, said, "As this case illustrates, Salmonella is a … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin Linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte Veggie Trays

A cyclospora outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin is linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays that are sold at Kwik Trip stores in the two states. The Wisconsin Department of Health services has released a bulletin about this outbreak. Eleven people in Wisconsin and three people in Minnesota are sick. They reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Kwik Trip location before they got sick. The trays contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip. They may have also been available at other locations. Consumers should not eat these products: Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) in 6 ounce packages, and Del Monte Vegetable Tray (containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip) in 12 ounce packages. Kwok Trip is cooperating with … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ruby’s Pantry Chicken Sickens Four in Minnesota and Wisconsin; Lawsuits Possible

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Ruby's Pantry frozen breaded chicken products has sickened at least four people in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and local health departments are investigating this outbreak. All four patients bought frozen breaded chicken at a Ruby's Pantry pop-up location before they got sick. A raw breaded chicken product that may look fully cooked was distributed to Ruby's Pantry patrons without any cooking instructions or labels that stated that the product was raw. If you have received any unlabeled chicken products from any Ruby's Pantry location, discard it … [Read more...]

Five Now Dead in E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce; Lawsuits Filed

The huge and deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce has grown to include 197 people sick. Of those, 89 people have been hospitalized, and 26 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. And five people are now dead. Twenty-five more ill persons have been added to the case count number since the last update on May 16 2018. Three more states have been added: Arkansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. The deaths are from Arkansas (1), Minnesota (2), and New York (1). The other person who died lives in California. The case count by state is: Alaska (8), Arkansas (1), Arizona (9), California (45), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota … [Read more...]

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Dried Coconut Ends With Fourteen Sick and Lawsuits

The multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that is linked to dried coconut products is over with fourteen sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, government officials are warning consumers that these recalled products have a long shelf life and may still be in consumer's homes. Anyone who is not aware of this recall and outbreak could still get sick. As of May 18, 2018, the outbreak appears to be over. The recalled dried coconut products include Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut, Go Smiles Dried Coconut Raw, and Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles Organic with various lot numbers and UPC numbers. Look at this list carefully and make sure you don't have any of these products in your home. One of the issues with this recall is that some of the coconut items … [Read more...]

Newton County Officials Name Georgia Caterer Associated with Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The Newton County Health Department in Georgia has released an update on the Salmonella outbreak in that area that has sickened at least 70 people and hospitalized 4. The first outbreak was reportedly among attendees at a closed, invitation-only event that was held on April 28, 2018. The caterer that provided food for that event was Plain Nuts Catering & Deli. All food and drink items along with other possibilities of exposure were investigated. Officials also developed a survey and sent it out to attendees. During the investigation, more cases of illness were reported, which included one case of Salmonella poisoning. those people did not attend that event but did eat food that was prepared by Plain Nuts Catering & Deli. Then on May 15, more illnesses, including a … [Read more...]

FDA and Lawyer Explain Why Deadly Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Is Unsolved

The FDA has issued a report on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce. A least 172 people in 32 states are sick in this outbreak. One person in California has died, 75 people have been hospitalized, and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. While FDA officials have identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine that sickened eight in the Anvil Mountain Correctional Facility in Nome Alaska, they do not know where in the supply chain the contamination occurred. It could have been in the fields, during harvest, during processing, or during transport. The issue in this outbreak is that the romaine lettuce that would have made people sick wasn't available at exposure locations when ill people … [Read more...]

Lawsuits Filed as Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Grows to 172 Sick

Lawsuits are being filed as the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has now sickened 172 people in 32 states. That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago. And three more states have reported patients: Iowa, Nebraska, and Oregon. The patient case count by state in this deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is: Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (39), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (5), North Dakota (2), Ohio (6), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (21), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

Patients Diagnosed with HUS in the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Live in CA, ID, MN, and PA

In the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, 17 people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. That potentially deadly complication can occur in about 5 to 10% of patients in every Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak. But in this outbreak, which has sickened 149 people in 29 states and has hosptialized 54, the HUS rate is 13% which is quite high. This could be because there are children, who are more likely to develop HUS than adults, among the patients. Where do those HUS patients live? We contacted the health departments of the states involved in this outbreak and asked. The California Department of Public Health stated that as of May 9, 2018, there are 30 people sickened in this outbreak in … [Read more...]

Why Are There So Many HUS Complications in the E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak? An Attorney Answers

The hospitalization rate and hemolytic uremic syndrome case count in the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce has been very high. Typically, in an E. coli outbreak, about 30% of patients are hospitalized, and about 5 to 10% develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). But in this outbreak, the hospitalization rate is almost 50%, and 13% of those patients have developed HUS. Why is the hospitalization rate and the HUS rate so high in this particular outbreak? Typically, the group most susceptible to developing HUS is children under the age of 5. The patient age range in this outbreak is from 1 to 88. There could be quite a few children sick, which may explain the high HUS rate. Another explanation for the high HUS rate and the high hospitalization … [Read more...]

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