You Can Get E. coli Food Poisoning from Tainted Steak

You can get an E. coli infection from eating steak tainted with the bacteria. The last outbreak linked to steak involved mechanically tenderized steaks served at restaurants.

Recent Outbreak Involving E. coli from Steak

An outbreak of E. coli O157 illnesses has been associated with steak served at restaurants in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington. At least 21 people may have contracted infections. These illnesses prompted National Steak and Poultry to recall 248,000 pounds of blade-tenderized, non-intact steaks.

According to National Steak and Poultry and news reports, potentially-contaminated steak was sold to Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Moe’s, Carino’s Italian Grill, and KRM. Other restaurants may also be involved in this steak E. coli outbreak.

E. coli poisoning from steak can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening illness that can cause kidney failure (renal failure), brain damage, heart problems, coma, stroke, seizures, and multiple organ failure.

Our law firm is aware of at least one person who has been diagnosed with E. coli HUS that may be part of this outbreak. Please contact our law firm if you have any information regarding this outbreak that may be helpful.

Liability for E. coli in Steak

Blade tenderized, non-intact steak can be contaminated with E. coli in the brine that is injected into the steak during processing. Research has shown that this type of steak must be cooked extremely well, to 160°F, to kill the E. coli bacteria that may be present in the center of the meat product.

The restaurants involved in the steak E. coli outbreak failed to cook the steak thoroughly enough to kill the E. coli, even though they used a product that is known to have a history of E. coli contamination.

When an outbreak occurs, the processor of the product and restaurants that served it are liable to the victims and their families for damages, meaning they can be sued by the victims and their families to recover money to compensate for past and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Other damages.