The CDC recently announced that an additional 31 people have been contaminated by E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce, bringing the total up to 84 people in 19 states who have become ill. Out of those 84, half have been hospitalized, which is a higher rate than usual. Of those who were hospitalized, nine have developed kidney failure. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.
The contaminated lettuce has been discovered to have come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, but no farm has been identified. The CDC is still searching for the source of the outbreak. The CDC has been urging consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce of any type unless they know it is not from the Yuma area. Any lettuce that might be from the Yuma area should be thrown away, even if some of it has been eaten with no sign of illness.
E. coli is a bacterium that can be present in animal or human feces. This strain of E. coli has a toxin that causes severe symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea and can lead to kidney failure. Farms and food manufacturers have the duty to consumers to use safe practices in handling and producing food in order to avoid contamination, such as what has occurred with the lettuce. If a consumer eats a food product and becomes ill, the consumer can seek compensation from the manufacturer or producer of the food.
If you have become ill after eating a food product, you may have a right to make a legal claim against the company that produced the contaminated food. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more about our firm, or visit us on Facebook.