Cincinnati, Ohio Personal injury and product liability attorney investigating romaine lettuce recall & foodborne illness lawsuits following the most recent E Coli outbreak.
According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at least 39 hospitalizations have been reported as consumers in 19 states have fallen ill due to a romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak.
Over 65 people have been infected with a virulent strain of E. coli (O157:H7). At least six people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.
Evidence collected indicates that the romaine lettuce recall is linked to contaminated produce from the Salinas, California, growing region. An investigation is ongoing, though consumers who have fallen ill are encouraged to contact a consumer protection attorney to discuss the legal options available.
Food safety agencies are warning consumers and restaurants not to purchase or sell romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, California until further information is known about the E coli outbreak. If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information, consumers should not eat or use that lettuce product.
The CDC warning tells consumers not to eat any type of romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region, including whole heads, hearts of romaine, or salad mixes.
This particular outbreak was caused by the same E. coli strain that caused lettuce E coli outbreaks in 2017 and 2018.
Consumers are urged to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where the contaminated romaine lettuce was stored. If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store, look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown, and DO NOT buy any Salinas-grown romaine.
Suppliers and distributors should not ship or sell romaine harvested in Salinas, California, and should dispose of their current stocks.
E. coli is a bacterium that lives in the intestines, and is usually harmless. However, eating or drinking food or water contaminated with some types of E. coli can lead to severe gastrointestinal illness. One particular type called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) can be life-threatening.
Consumers should consult their doctor if they develop symptoms that resemble an E. coli infection. People of any age can become infected with E. coli, although young children, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe food poisoning complications.
People usually begin to show symptoms of E. coli from 2 to 8 days after ingesting the bacteria. The severity of symptoms will largely depend on the type of E. coli causing the infection. Some infections can lead to bloody diarrhea, which can be a sign of serious complications.
In some events, people with an E. coli infection may develop kidney failure—hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Otherwise, the most common symptoms of E. coli Infection may include:
If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning or a foodborne illness due to contaminated romaine lettuce, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a consumer protection attorney and Food Safety Lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.