Over the past few years, the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control have announced several E. coli outbreaks caused by the public’s exposure to contaminated food products. In June 2009, more than 70 people contracted E. coli food poisoning from eating Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough and Nestle had to issue a cookie dough recall because of the E. coli outbreak. In 2006, nearly 200 people became sick and three died in an E. coli outbreak caused by contaminated spinach.

E. Coli Infections

E. coli outbreaks and infections are caused by exposure to food and drink products that have been contaminated with the bacteria. The foods that most commonly cause E. coli outbreaks include raw meat, particularly beef, unpasteurized milk, and improperly washed produce.

E. coli symptoms include abdominal cramps, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes a low fever. Infection usually lasts five to seven days and most people make a full recovery. In some cases, a severe complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) can develop. In the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak, 31 people developed kidney failure from HUS. It is also possible for the E. coli infection to spread from the gastrointestinal tract to the bloodstream and other parts of the body.

Contact an E. Coli Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious infection in an E. coli outbreak from contaminated food products, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation from an E. coli lawyer.

Published November 17, 2011 by