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E. Coli Outbreak: Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Patties

Chicago Beef Eaters Beware: Illinois food company recalls 200 pounds of ground beef shipped to food-handling establishments in the Chicago area. E. coli contamination suspected.

Another Illinois Recall: Ground Beef Patties

January 7, 2011 – The Columbus Meat Market Inc. of Chicago, Ill. has recalled approximately 200 pounds of ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the contaminated patties were produced on December 27, and shipped to food-handling establishments in the Chicago area. Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 755” and an identifying pack date of “12/27/10.”

This is the third major recall in Illinois in recent weeks. Some 100 people reported becoming ill after eating desserts from Rolf’s Patisserie, prompting a December 2010 recall. Lab tests showed one of the suspect food items to be contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus bacteria.

Important E. Coli Food Poisoning Information

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterial germ that lives in the intestinal tract of humans and other mammals. Although E. coli O157:H7 is responsible for the majority of human illnesses attributed to E. coli, there are additional strains that can also cause hemorrhagic colitis and post-diarrheal hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS is characterized by hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells), thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), and acute kidney failure.

Do I have an E. Coli Poisoning Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in contaminated ground beef recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Issue cases in all 50 states.

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