The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed that the strain of E.coli that caused nine children to become ill after drinking raw milk obtained from McBee Dairy Farm near Knoxville has been matched to animal waste collected at the dairy.
“This is further evidence that the raw milk is the source of the illnesses,” said Fred Pritzker, an attorney who represents children who are the victims of E. coli outbreaks, including those who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure, which in turn can cause seizures, stroke, heart failure, pancreatitis and other serious health problems.
This strain of E. coli is particularly dangerous. Five of the nine children required hospitalization and three developed HUS kidney failure.
The Tennessee Department of Health investigation involved an on-site inspection of the farm, interviews of 88 households that purchased milk from McBee Dairy Farm, and laboratory analysis of bacterial strains found in samples and materials.
“This outbreak points out, again, the serious risks associated with drinking unpasteurized or ‘raw’ milk,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While people with stronger immune systems may be able to overcome the bacteria found in raw milk, children, older people, pregnant women and those with health conditions can be seriously harmed by bacteria in non-pasteurized milk products and should not consume them.”
“Milk from the healthiest-appearing cows in the cleanest dairy operations can still contain deadly microorganisms,” said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “Pasteurization, which simply involves heating the milk, kills these microorganisms and leaves the healthy nutrients. Those who consume raw milk are playing Russian roulette with their health; the glass they drink today may not have deadly microorganisms, but the one they drink tomorrow may cause serious health problems or even death.”
You can contact attorney Fred Pritzker and his E. coli litigation team for a free E. coli lawsuit consultation (click here now).
E. coli O157:H7 from Trader Joe’s Salad in California: E. coli Lawyers Investigate Outbreak and Recall
You or a loved one ate a salad purchased from Trader Joe’s. Now, after a diagnoses of E. coli food poisoning, you find out that the salad was later recalled (too late for you and many others) and may be the source of the illness. What do you do? Can you sue Trader Joe’s? What about the company that actually made the salad, Glass Onion Catering, a California company?
To determine if you have an E. coli food poisoning claim against Trader Joe’s and/or Glass Onion Catering, you can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flaherty for a free consultation with the form below.
E. coli Claim Form
Trader Joe’s E. coli Outbreak Update
To date, 32 cases of E. coli O157:H7 in 4 states are part of an outbreak linked to salad products made by Glass Onion Catering, which recalled certain wraps and salads it produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013. You can see a Glass Onion Catering Recall 2013 list here. The recalled salads had been distributed to Trader Joe’s and a number of other stores. Only Trader Joe’s sold the salads in all 4 of the states involved in the outbreak: Arizona, California, Washington and Texas.
The outbreak investigation found sufficient evidence to link some of the illnesses to 2 specific salads sold at Trader Joe’s:
- Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken (sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington); and
- Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad (sold in Northern California and Northern Nevada).
To date, 15 of the outbreak victims have provided detailed information about what they ate prior to getting sick. Of these 15, 12 reported eating Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken or Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken days before getting sick with symptoms of E. coli. The only salad sold in all 4 outbreak states was Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken.
The investigation is now focusing on which ingredient in the the implicated Trader Joe’s salads was tainted with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Both contained lettuce, Asiago cheese and chicken.
“E. victims do not need to know which salad ingredient was tainted to have a claim for money damages,” said Fred. “However, we will continue to investigate this because finding the specific source of the outbreak is an important step in preventing more illnesses.”
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flahery have helped people from California and other states get compensation from companies that sold food contaminated with E. coli bacteria. They are three of the few attorneys in the nation who have won cases for E. coli victims who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). There success is based on years of experience and knowing how to use scientific evidence like pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to win personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against food processors, retailers, restaurants and others. You can contact them for a free E. coli lawsuit consultation (click here now).
An E. coli outbreak linked to salads and wraps produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s and other stores has sickened 32 people, seven of them have been hospitalized, and two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The outbreak now includes cases from four states.
Health officials have never before seen the strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC E.coli) associated with this outbreak. Through their epidemiologic and traceback investigations, they have been able to determine that likely sources of the outbreak are Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s stores.
E.coli lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have been investigating the outbreak which has sickened 1 person in Arizona, 27 people in California, one person in Texas, and three people in Washington. Pritzker’s team, which recently recovered a $4.5 million settlement for an E. coli HUS victim, is offering free consultations to those who have been sickened or hospitalized by this outbreak. “Companies that make and sell food need to make sure it is safe,” said Pritzker.
Hospitalizations from HUS can be lengthy and expensive. HUS affects between 5 to 10 percent of people who contract E. coli infections. If kidney failure develops, treatment includes dialysis and blood transfusions. Other complications of HUS include seizure, stroke and coma Hospitalizations
To contact Fred about your illness or hospitalization, call toll free at 1(888)377-8900. Or reach him online.
A strain of toxic E. coli never seen before has come to life in an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with two ready-to-eat salads sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores. Made since late September and suddenly recalled by Glass Onion Catering, the two salads in question are Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. The bacteria that is making people sick emits dangerous Shiga toxins, which can cause severe disease, including bloody diarrhea and E. coli HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome.
E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker has launched an independent investigation of the outbreak on behalf of victims. The USDA’s announcement of the outbreak said the initial count of case patients was 26 people, including at least two who have suffered kidney failure and HUS. About 28 percent of those who have fallen ill in this food poisoning outbreak have been hospitalized. More than 60 percent of victims are female. “The depth of this outbreak will be made clear with more digging,” Pritzker said. “Human pathogens have no place in our food supply and there is no excuse for allowing this type of contamination.”
California has been hardest hit by this outbreak, but illnesses also have been recorded in Washington and Arizona. In addition, the products recalled by Glass Onion Catering were distributed for retail sale in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah. The Trader Joe’s supplier is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Click here for the complete E. coli recall.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the genetic fingerprint of the E. coli strain that is active in this outbreak has never been seen before in the national database that tracks foodborne disease outbreaks. From that aspect, Pritzker said, there will be a strong foundation for a Trader Joe’s salad E. coli lawsuit.
Pittsburgh area public health officials have confirmed an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at The Porch at Schenley restaurant in the city’s Oakland neighborhood, including samples of the bacteria found on some ground beef patties. The announcement came in the form of a press release from the Allegheny County Health Director’s office. It said most of the people who got sick ate hamburgers at the restaurant, a popular bistro owned by Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.
A total of 21 people, including employees of the restaurant, came down with symptoms of toxic E. coli infection and 12 of those individuals have been confirmed so far as case patients of the outbreak, which ran through most of October. If you or a loved one has been sickened, immediately seek medical care. For legal purposes, an attorney can represent you in making a claim against the restaurant and its insurance company. This public food poisoning outbreak of E. coli at The Porch is under investigation by plaintiff’s firm Pritzker Olsen Attorneys, headed by HUS E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker. To contact Fred or any member of his Bad Bug Law Team, leave your contact information here, or call the office directly at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free). Refer to The Porch Restaurant E. coli lawsuit.
Allegheny County’s Health Department has confirmed that eight victims of the outbreak have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths and it is unclear how many outbreak victims may have suffered kidney failure and other severe illness from a complication known as HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome. Even if your illness was not life-threatening, you still could receive substantial compensation. Restaurant E. coli lawsuits can be filed even when the exact origin of food contamination has not been pinpointed. Restaurants are responsible for illnesses caused by their food.
E. coli attorneys from Pritzker Olsen are investigating a cluster of E. coli illnesses in Humboldt County, California. Since July, four people have contracted E.coli infections from the same source. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with representatives from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to track down the source of these infections.
Lab tests have genetically linked all four cases, DHHS Public Health Nurse Eric Gordon said. “They determined that the cases were caused by a very specific strain of E. coli that hadn’t been seen anywhere else in California. This means the same organism was causing illness in all four of these people from Humboldt County.
Three of those sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of E. coli infection characterized by kidney failure. HUS can also damage the nervous system, cause stroke, coma, blindness and death.
Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team recently won a $4.5 million settlement for a client who developed HUS after contracting an E.coli infection. To contact him for a free consultation, call 1 (888) 377-8900 toll free or reach him online.
E.coli lawyer Fred Pritzker is investigating the Jimmy John’s E. coli outbreak in the Denver area. Eight people who ate at three restaurants have been sickened and Pritzker,who recently won $4.5 million for an E. coli food poisoning victim, says Jimmy John’s needs to be held accountable.
Authorities suspect fresh produce as a food source for the outbreak. Last year, an E.coli outbreak that sickened 29 people in 11 states was linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s.
“When fresh produce is the source of an outbreak, it’s rare that product remains available for testing but that doesn’t preclude victims of these outbreaks from obtaining full and fair compensation for their illnesses,” Pritzker said. Pritzker’s recent $4.5 million lawsuit settlement was for a young woman who ate food at a restaurant that was contaminated with E. coli. She developed HUS, suffered kidney failure and other health problems.
In this outbreak, all eight cases ate at Jimmy John’s between October 7th and 15th and their illnesses were reported between October 18th and 22nd. Some of those sickened have been hospitalized including a teenage girl. “Eating a sandwich shouldn’t put you in the hospital,” said Pritzker. To contact him for a free consultation about your E.coli illbess or hospitalization, call 1 (888) 377-8900 or reach him online.