The Applebee’s outbreak discussed below is over. If you believe you or a family member has been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning, contact our law firm to find out if you can sue for compensation.
2014 E. coli O111 Outbreak in Minnesota Associated with Certain Applebee’s Restaurants
Our lawyers filed the first lawsuit against Applebee’s in Minnesota on behalf of a man who contracted an E. coli O111 infection after eating an Oriental Chicken Salad at the Woodbury, MN restaurant.
At least 7 people who reported eating at certain Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota have been diagnosed with E. coli O111, a rare form of the bacteria that causes severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. In some cases, the infection can cause severe colitis, pancreatitis, hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure), and other serious health problems.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has pinpointed Oriental Chicken Salad served at certain of the Minnesota restaurants as a possible menu item associated with the 7 illnesses. There are 6 other people in MN who contracted these infections not associated with Applebee’s. This means the contamination of the food that caused the illnesses probably happened before it got to the restaurants.
“Having represented people sickened with E. coli during the outbreak linked to steaks sold at Applebee’s in 2009, we can say that it is crucially important that the restaurant fully cooperate and immediately respond to additional information as it becomes available,” said Brendan Flaherty, one of our lead lawyers for these cases.
Under federal law, non-intact steak injected with brine is considered adulterated if it is contaminated with certain strains of E. coli. This means that a strict liability claim is possible. With strict liability, the victim does not need to prove negligence on the part of the restaurant or processor.
We have successfully represented numerous victims of food poisoning outbreaks linked to lettuce, beef, and other food served at restaurants.
E. coli Outbreak Linked to Steak Served at Applebee’s
A December 2009 steak recall was prompted by an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to steak that sickened at least 21 people in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.
Under federal law, non-intact steak injected with brine is considered adulterated if it is contaminated with this pathogenic bacteria. This means that a strict liability claim is possible. With strict liability, the victim does not need to prove negligence on the part of the restaurant or processor.
Applebee’s has had problems with E. coli-contaminated steak in the past. In the summer of 2004, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was associated with tri-tip steak served at an Applebee’s in Colorado. At least four people contracted Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections. The contaminated steak was part of a recall of over 400,000 pounds of hamburger patties and steak processed by Quantum Foods of Bolingbrook, Illinois.
You can call 612-338-0202 to contact our lawyers for a free consultation about an Applebee’s lawsuit. We generally do not file a class action lawsuit because our experience is that our clients get more money if we file individual E. coli lawsuits.