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Romaine Lettuce Identified as Source of 11-State E. Coli Outbreak

Chopped romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona, has been identified as the culprit in a recent E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people across 11 states.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) was investigating 8 cases of E. coli in 4 counties last week, with some citing a chain restaurant as the common link, but just the lettuce from the source appears to be the actual cause, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with an E. coli infection, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Traced to California Farm

December 17, 2018 – The strain of E. coli blamed for an outbreak in romaine lettuce has been found in a reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California, according to a joint investigation by the FDA and CDC. The farm, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc., stopped distributing the lettuce and is reportedly participating in the investigation.

What’s the problem?

January 12, 2018 – The case breakdown as it currently stands, according to NJDOH, is as follows:

  • 4 cases in Hunterdon County
  • 1 case in Monmouth
  • 1 case in Sussex
  • 1 case in Somerset

All restaurants and retailers have been asked by the CDC to ask their food suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce, and to stop selling or servicing any that was grown in Yuma, Arizona.

Warning of Multistate E. coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce: GMA Video

Signs and symptoms of E. coli infection infection include:

  • Diarrhea (which may contain blood)
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

“Individuals with this infection usually get better within about 5 to 7 days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider.”

In most cases, people with E. coli infection will not have a fever, according to the CDC. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days, or that is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool.

Panera Sued by New Jersey Women Alleging E. Coli from Contaminated Salads

July 18, 2018 – At least 2 women have filed lawsuits against Panera alleging they developed severe E. coli infections after eating salads that contained tainted romaine lettuce which were purchased at Panera restaurants in New Jersey. Defendants in the cases include the Panera Bread Company, the firm that supplied the lettuce, and other unnamed entities.

Canal Water Identified as Source of E. coli Contamination

June 28, 2018 – Federal health officials have determined that tainted canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields in Yuma, Arizona, is the likely source of a rare strain of E. coli that has sickened at least 210 people across 36 states, killing 5. Authorities are still investigating how the bacteria got into the canal.

Do I Have an E. Coli 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 E. coli lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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