An E. coli infection outbreak in the Windham, Connecticut area may be connected to a pizza restaurant in Willimantic. At least 7 people have been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning. The 7 E. coli victims were sickened in the last half of December. Two children sickened in the outbreak were hospitalized, one of whom is still in the hospital with kidney failure.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm are helping parents of children sickened in this outbreak. You can contact them for a free E. coli case review (click here now).
The investigation into the outbreak has not pinpointed the food item that was contaminated with E. coli; however, you may still have a claim against the restaurant.
Two Tyro Middle School Students with E. coli-Associated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome are Part of North Carolina Outbreak
Two Tyro Middle School students contracted E. coli O157 infections and then developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). They are part of an E. coli outbreak in Davidson County, North Carolina, that includes at least one more child who contracted an E. coli infection but did not develop HUS. That child does not attend Tyro Middle School.
The source of the outbreak has not been determined. “E. coli infections in children are usually caused by contaminated food or water,” said Fred Pritzker, a national E. coli lawyer who has represented many E. coli and HUS patients. He is providing parents with a free consultation (click here now). “It is critically important to do everything possible to find the source of the outbreak, both to prevent further illness and to provide answers to victims and their parents.”
We want to applaud Tyro Middle School, located near Lexington, NC, for its efforts to inform parents of the outbreak and the symptoms of an E. coli infection. This information is on the homepage of the school’s website. We would also like to urge parents to be alert to symptoms, which can include bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and, in only a few cases, fever. This is a violent illness, and parents will know there is something wrong. Parents should know that the use of antibiotics is not recommended because medical research has found a connection between antibiotic use and HUS.
HUS is a complication of an E. coli infection. It is characterized by kidney problems, often leading to kidney failure. This can happen very quickly. It is caused by Shiga toxins produced by E. coli O157, which enter cells and stop them from producing proteins the cell needs to function. Without the ability to sustain its function, the cell dies.
CDC Final Update of Trader Joe’s Salad E. coli Outbreak in California, E. coli Lawyers Continue Investigating
The CDC has issued its final update of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to 2 Trader Joe’s salads: Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering of Richmond, California. The final numbers are 33 people in 4 states sickened: California (28), Arizona (1), Texas (1) and Washington (3).
The ages of those sickened ranged from 2 years to 78 years. Seven of them were hospitalized. Of them, two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure and a host of other serious health problems, including seizures, stroke, coma, blindness and heart failure.
The investigation of the outbreak quickly focused on Trader Joes, and then found the connection with consumption of Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken or Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. These salads were processed and packaged by Glass Onion Catering.
In interviews, ill persons answered questions about foods consumed and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Nineteen (86%) of 22 ill persons interviewed report shopping at different Trader Joe’s grocery store locations. Twelve (80%) of 15 ill persons reported consuming a ready-to-eat salad purchased from Trader Joe’s. Two types of ready-to-eat salads, the Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, were reportedly consumed by 12 (80%) of 15 ill persons during interviews.
The CDC and state health investigators used DNA “fingerprints” of E. coli bacteria obtained with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to identify E. coli illnesses that were part of this outbreak. The type of bacteria responsible for this outbreak was a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli or STEC, specifically E. coli O157:H7.
On November 10, 2013, Glass Onion Catering voluntarily recalled about 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. The products were produced between September 23, 2013 and November 6, 2013 and shipped to distribution centers for sale in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The products, regulated by FSIS, bear the establishment number “P-34221” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are continuing their investigation of this outbreak. You can contact them for a free consultation (click here now) about a lawsuit for compensation, including medical expenses, lost income, physical pain, lost income and other damages.
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.