This page discusses a 2008 outbreak.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has associated cases of E. coli O157:H7 with bagged, industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold through Aunt Mid’s Produce Company to restaurants and institutions in Illinois in 2008. People in Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Oregon have also been sickened in this E. coli outbreak.
Epidemiological Evidence: Epidemiological evidence gathered by federal, state and local health officials is admissible in an E. coli lawsuit. In this outbreak, the epidemiological evidence includes interviews conducted by health officials. These interviews have determined that some of the Illinois E. coli cases consumed shredded or chopped iceberg lettuce in restaurants or institutions that was purchased from Aunt Mid’s Produce Company, a Detroit-based wholesale distributor. Product traceback can involve both epidemiological and microbiological elements. The product traceback investigation is still ongoing.
Microbiological Evidence: Genetic testing on E. coli isolates found in stool samples, environmental samples and food samples is microbiological evidence that connects people, places and food with an E. coli outbreak. In this outbreak, genetic testing has identified victims of this E. coli outbreak in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Oregon. Additional tests are still in progress.
Hospitalizations: If you have been hospitalized because of food poisoning, you deserve compensation, even if you were only hospitalized for a short period of time. If your family member developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), compensation should reflect possible future medical expenses and pain and suffering.