July 18, 2018 – At least 2 people have filed lawsuits against the Panera Bread Company alleging they developed severe E. coli infections after eating salads that contained tainted romaine lettuce which were purchased at Panera restaurants in New Jersey.
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New Jersey Women Sue Panera for E. Coli Infections Linked to Contaminated Salads
The second woman to file suit, Robin Hall of Long Valley, New Jersey, claims she purchased salads containing romaine lettuce at the Panera Bread in Mount Olive on March 22 and March 27, according to NJ.com. Hall subsequently became “violently ill” and was hospitalized from March 29 to April 8, during which time she was diagnosed with an unnamed disease, which she attributes to the allegedly contaminated Panera salad.
She is suing Panera Bread, owner JAB Holding Company, and unspecified other defendants, including whoever supplied the lettuce. The lawsuit was filed July 13 in Superior Court in Morris County, New Jersey, about 3 months after a customer at a Panera Bread in Raritan also filed a similar complaint.
Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Romaine Lettuce
More than 200 people in 36 states were sickened in a nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 200+ that were infected, nearly half were hospitalized due to the severity of their symptoms. As of June 28, the outbreak is over, CDC said.
E. Coli Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of E. coli infection typically begin 3 to 4 days after ingesting the bacteria, and include:
- Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody
- Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
Do I Have a Panera Bread Lawsuit?
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