Romaine lettuce has been linked to multiple outbreaks of E. Coli food poisoning. Hundreds of people were sickened in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018, including 5 people who died.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting E. Coli induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. Coli from romaine lettuce, 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.
UPDATE: CDC Finds E. Coli at California Lettuce Farm
The specific strain of E. coli was discovered in an irrigation reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California. The farm, Adam Brothers Family Farm, has stopped shipping romaine lettuce. Other farms in the Central Coast region of California may also be responsible for the outbreak, the CDC warns:
Do not buy, serve, sell, or eat romaine lettuce from the following California counties: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara.
Another E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce – Consumers Warned Not to Eat Any Romaine
December 2018 — The FDA is warning consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California while they investigate yet another outbreak of E. coli. If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat it.
As of December 6, at least 52 people have been sickened in 15 states, including 19 who were hospitalized, since October 5, 2018. Two people developed a type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
Illnesses have been reported in the following states: California (11), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (6), New Jersey (11), New York (6), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1) and Wisconsin (1).
Genetic analysis of the E. coli strains from sick people are similar to strains of E. coli that caused a previous lettuce outbreak in Fall 2017 that sickened 25 people in 15 states. However, the E. coli strain is NOT genetically related to another lettuce outbreak in Spring 2018 that sickened 210 people in 36 states.
No source has been identified, so the FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce. Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product, including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.
Canal Water Tests Positive for E. Coli
Canal water in the Yuma, Arizona lettuce growing region has tested positive for the exact genetic fingerprint of E. Coli that caused the outbreak, according to a report from the FDA.
Spring 2018 E. coli Outbreak Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce
In April 2018, the CDC reported an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 from chopped romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma, Arizona and distributed to Panera Bread.
5 Deaths Linked to E. Coli in Lettuce
As of June 2018, at least 5 people have died of severe E. coli infections after eating lettuce. The victims who died were from Arkansas, California, Minnesota and New York. Click here to read more.
Spring 2018 E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 200+ People
As of June 28, at least 210 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in 36 states, including 5 people who died and 96 people who were hospitalized since March 2018. At least 27 people developed a type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
Panera Bread Hit With 2 Lawsuits
In July 2018, a 2nd lawsuit was filed against Panera Bread by victims of the E. coli food poisoning outbreak. Both lawsuits were filed by women from New Jersey who were hospitalized with severe food poisoning after eating contaminated lettuce salads.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Lawsuit
In May 2018, the family of a 6 year-old boy with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) filed a lawsuit against Papa Murphy’s pizza restaurant. The boy was hospitalized for 16 days with kidney failure due to HUS after eating romaine lettuce in a salad from Papa Murphy’s. Click here to read more.
Consumers Should Not Eat Romaine Lettuce
Health officials are warning consumers not eat any chopped romaine lettuce due to the risk of severe food poisoning:
“Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.”
E. coli Food Poisoning
E. coli infections can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. The symptoms usually appear within 2-8 days after eating food that is contaminated with E. coli. In some cases, the infection causes life-threatening complications such as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
Do I have a Lettuce 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 diagnosed with E. Coli from lettuce or Panera Bread, 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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