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.

E coli Bacteria
E. coli O157 bacteria under a magnification of 6836x. Cells of this dangerous pathogen can get into steak products when they are mechanically tenderized.

Lawsuit against Restaurant and Meat Processor for E. coli Infection from Steak

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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.

If a restaurant does not adequately cook the steak and a customer eats it, the result may be severe illness or even wrongful death. The restaurant and the food processor who supplied it are particularly at fault because this product has a history of E. coli contamination.

If you or a loved one contracted an E. coli infection after eating steak at a restaurant, you may have the right to sue the restaurant, the processor, and other companies. An E. coli lawsuit can seek money to compensate you and your family for past and future:

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

Outbreak Involving E. coli from Steak

A 2010 outbreak of E. coli O157 illnesses was 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 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.