Our food poisoning lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have been investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157 infections in Wisconsin and Maryland that is likely linked to romaine lettuce. The CDC recently announced that these illnesses are connected to a multi-state E.coli outbreak that has expanded to include 17 illnesses in eight states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MD, MT, WA, and WI).
Our national E.coli legal team, led by attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman, has been retained by four people with confirmed E.coli O157 infections in Wisconsin, including a 14-year-old victim with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a form of kidney failure that can turn fatal.
E.coli lawyer Eric Hageman says, “This is the fourth E. coli O157:H7 outbreak likely associated with romaine lettuce since December of 2017. E. coli O157:H7 causes serious, sometimes deadly, disease. We need to get to the bottom of what’s causing these products to continue becoming contaminated.”
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E.coli Outbreak Possibly Linked to Lettuce Continues to Grow
On November 20th, the CDC announced that an E.coli outbreak, most likely linked to romaine lettuce, has expanded to include 17 illnesses in eight states. Seven people have been hospitalized, including two people with HUS. Illnesses started on dates ranging from September 24th to November 8th. The people who have been sickened range in age from 3 to 72 years old. Fifty-six percent of them identify as female. The case count totals by state include…
People sickened in Maryland reported eating Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salads. The Maryland Department of Health collected an unopened package of Ready Pac Chicken Caesar Salad with the establishment number “EST. 18502B,” from a sick person’s home – the romaine lettuce in the salad tested positive for E.coli O157:H7. Soon after the CDC’s announcement of the E.coli outbreak, the USDA posted a recall for Missa Bay salad bowls because of possible E.coli contamination in the lettuce. The recalled salad bowls have the same establishment number (“EST. 18502B”) as the Ready Pac Chicken Caesar Salad that tested positive for E.coli. All products made with this same lot of lettuce have now been recalled. The Missa Bay recall spans 22 states and includes products sold at Giant Eagle, Target, Aldi, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and Domino’s Pizza.
Our E.coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients in nearly every major E.coli outbreak in the U.S. for the last 20 years – including this one. Pritzker Hageman has been retained by four victims with confirmed E.coli O157 infections, including one person with HUS. If you or someone you love became sick in this outbreak, we want to represent you too.