E. coli related food poisoning is a serious health concern in the United States. E. coli can lead to hospitalization and even death, especially in the elderly, children and those with weakened immune systems.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting E. coli claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. coli and suffered serious side effects, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please click here to contact our law firm or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
E. Coli Recalls 2016
- September 24, 2016 — Adams Farm Slaughterhouse
- August 3, 2016 — Grassfields Cheese / Whole Foods
- July 27, 2016 — PT Farm Ground Beef
- July 9, 2016 — Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix
- May 31, 2016 — Flour (General Mills Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens)
- February 19, 2016 — Alfalfa Sprouts from Jack & The Green Sprouts
E. coli Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year at least 2000 people are hospitalized and about 60 die as a result of E. coli infections and its complications. E. coli food poisoning is usually caused by eating unwashed vegetables or undercooked meat. Many may remember the 2006 outbreak of E. coli that was linked to spinach. However, there have been several outbreaks in the last several years that have not received such widespread news coverage. The severity of the illness varies considerably. The symptoms of E. coli infections generally include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. There may also be a low-grade fever. Most people recover within 5–7 days. However, E. coli can be fatal, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
There are several types of E. coli bacteria, some which cause no harm to humans and others which can cause serious illness. E. coli O157:H7 is the most prevalent type of E. coli that produces illness in the United States. The CDC has estimated that 85% of E. coli O157:H7 infections are food borne in origin. Foods that have been linked to E. coli contamination include ground beef, venison, sausages, dried salami, unpasteurized milk and cheese, unpasteurized apple juice and cider, orange juice, alfalfa and radish sprouts, lettuce, spinach, and even water.
E. coli organisms have several characteristics that make them extremely dangerous. For example, E. coli can survive several weeks on surfaces such as counter tops, and up to a year in some materials like compost. In addition, it takes a very small amount of the bacteria to cause infection.
One serious complication of E. coli is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Approximately 5–10% of people who get sick due to E. coli develop HUS. HUS symptoms include decreased frequency of urination, feeling very tired, and losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids. People with HUS must be hospitalized because their kidneys may stop working and they may develop other serious problems. While most people who develop HUS recover within a few weeks, some have permanent damage and even die.
E. coli Side Effects
E. coli has been linked to the following side effects:
- Diarrhea (often bloody)
- Abdominal cramps
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
Do I have an E. Coli Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting E. coli induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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