Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recalled

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In light of the recent recalls of Organic Berry Blends that have linked imported Pomegranate Kernels from Turkey to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, HACCPCanada felt it necessary to inform the Canadian Public of the this recall in the United States.  UNFI imported potentially infected product from Townsend Farms into Canada and, although no notice has been released, UNFI may have also imported this product.  Be diligent and check the production dates if you possess the following product.

Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Due To Possible Health Risk

June 26, 2013 – Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon today announced it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and product testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The company’s decision to voluntarily recall products is made from an abundance of caution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by the FDA and CDC. The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

Products were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 to UNFI distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington State. UNFI distribution centers may have further distributed products to retail stores in other states.

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouches (see image) with UPC Code 0 42563 01628 9. Specific coding information to identify the product can be found on the back portion of these pouches below the zip-lock seal. The following lots are subject to this recall:

  • C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015
  • C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015
  • C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre- existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.

Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately.

For more information about the outbreak, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: (888) 232-6348.

Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.

For questions or more information, contact the Scenic Fruit Company at 877-927-3434 or email to info@scenicfruit.com from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT

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Foodborne Outbreaks Could Be Harder To Trace With New Testing

Next-generation tests faster but could reduce ability to detect and investigate outbreaks, CDC says

The Associated Press

Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:04 AM ET

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2012 3:30 PM ET


It’s about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the ability to spot and solve dangerous outbreaks.

Next-generation tests that promise to shave a few days off the time needed to tell whether E. coli, salmonella or other foodborne bacteriacaused a patient’s illness could reach medical laboratories as early as next year. That could allow doctors to treat sometimes deadly diseases much more quickly.

Growing a sample of a patient's bacteria in a lab the old-fashioned way takes time but it can detect crucial differences between different subtypes of bacteria to match sick people to a contaminated food.Growing a sample of a patient’s bacteria in a lab the old-fashioned way takes time but it can detect crucial differences between different subtypes of bacteria to match sick people to a contaminated food. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

 

The problem: These new tests can’t detect crucial differences between different subtypes of bacteria, as current tests can. And that fingerprint is what states and the federal government use to match sick people to a contaminated food. The older tests might be replaced by the new, more efficient ones.

“It’s like a forensics lab. If somebody says a shot was fired, without the bullet you don’t know where it came from,” explained E. coli expert Dr. Phillip Tarr of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that losing the ability to literally take a germ’s fingerprint could hamper efforts to keep food safe, and the agency is searching for solutions. According to CDC estimates, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year, and 3,000 die.

“These improved tests for diagnosing patients could have the unintended consequence of reducing our ability to detect and investigate outbreaks, ultimately causing more people to become sick,” said Dr. John Besser of the CDC.

That means outbreaks like the salmonella illnesses linked this fall to a variety of Trader Joe’s peanut butter might not be identified that quickly — or at all.

It all comes down to what’s called a bacterial culture — whether labs grow a sample of a patient’s bacteria in an old-fashioned petri dish, or skip that step because the new tests don’t require it.

Bacterial fingerprints point to food poisoning trends

Here’s the way it works now: Someone with serious diarrhea visits the doctor, who gets a stool sample and sends it to a private testing laboratory. The lab cultures the sample, growing larger batches of any lurking bacteria to identify what’s there. If disease-causing germs such as E. coli O157 or salmonella are found, they may be sent on to a public health laboratory for more sophisticated analysis to uncover their unique DNA patterns — their fingerprints.

Those fingerprints are posted to a national database, called PulseNet, that the CDC and state health officials use to look for food poisoning trends.

There are lots of garden-variety cases of salmonella every year, from runny eggs to a picnic lunch that sat out too long. But if a few people in, say, Baltimore have salmonella with the same molecular signature as some sick people in Cleveland, it’s time to investigate, because scientists might be able narrow the outbreak to a particular food or company.

But culture-based testing takes time — as long as two to four days after the sample reaches the lab, which makes for a long wait if you’re a sick patient.

What’s in the pipeline? Tests that could detect many kinds of germs simultaneously instead of hunting one at a time — and within hours of reaching the lab — without first having to grow a culture. Those tests are expected to be approved as early as next year.

This isn’t just a science debate, said Shari Shea, food safety director at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. If you were the patient, “you’d want to know how you got sick,” she said.

PulseNet has greatly improved the ability of regulators and the food industry to solve those mysteries since it was launched in the mid-1990s, helping to spot major outbreaks in ground beef, spinach, eggs and cantaloupe in recent years. Just this fall, PulseNet matched 42 different salmonella illnesses in 20 different states that were eventually traced to a variety of Trader Joe’s peanut butter.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials who visited the plant where the peanut butter was made found salmonella contamination all over the facility, with several of the plant samples matching the fingerprint of the salmonella that made people sick.

A New Mexico-based company, Sunland Inc., recalled hundreds of products that were shipped to large retailers all over the U.S., including Target, Safeway and other large grocery chains.

The source of those illnesses probably would have remained a mystery without the national database, since there weren’t very many illnesses in any individual state.

To ensure that kind of crucial detective work isn’t lost, the CDC is asking the medical community to send samples to labs to be cultured even when they perform a new, non-culture test.

But it’s not clear who would pay for that extra step. Private labs only can perform the tests that a doctor orders, noted Dr. Jay M. Lieberman of Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing labs in the U.S.

 

Hantavirus death reported in Manitoba

CBC News

Posted: Oct 26, 2012 5:06 PM ET

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2012 1:38 PM ET


The hantavirus is found in mice droppings.
The hantavirus is found in mice droppings. (Centres for Disease Control )A middle-aged Winnipeg man has died after contracting an infection due to hantavirus, a disease associated with the urine and feces of deer mice.

The man’s death was reported by the province on Friday. It is the first recorded fatality since 2000.

Officials said he caught the virus after sweeping up mouse droppings at a cottage.

Manitoba’s medical officer of health confirmed the hantavirus link on Friday.

“This time of year a lot of people are getting the flu so it’s easy to miss [hantavirus],” Dr. Richard Rusk said. “But there was a history of having been exposed to mice droppings.”

Health officials are urging people to wear gloves and masks when working around or cleaning out areas where there may be mice.

The hantavirus infection, also known as hanta virus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), is a very rare viral disease which can be fatal.

Early symptoms of hantavirus infection include fever and muscle aches, possibly with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cough, which progresses to respiratory illness, the province said in a release.

The symptoms develop within one to six weeks after exposure to deer mouse droppings.

With files from CBC’s Ryan Hicks

RASFF Initiates Recall of Fattorie Chiarappa Ricotta Cheese Imported from Italy

Notification detail – 2012.1395

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Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in ricotta cheese from Italy

Reference :  2012.1395
Notification date :  03/10/2012
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Notification type :  food  –  alert  –  official control in non-member country
Action taken :  withdrawal from the market
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Distribution status :  distribution to other member countries
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Peanut Butter Back in the Food Safety Spotlight

 

Trader Joes Peanut Butter Suspected in Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

BY NEWS DESK | SEP 21, 2012

TJPB_320px.jpgTrader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter may be at the center of a multistate Salmonella S. Bredeny outbreak, according to warnings from multiple state departments of health.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Healthand the Massachusetts Department of Health said Friday that each is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pinpoint the cause of 29 illnesses nationwide, including at least two cases in PA, three in MA and one in NY & RI.  Maryland also has at least one case.

“Trader Joe’s has voluntarily removed the product for sale from its stores; however, consumers who have the product in their homes should discard it and should also be aware that this product is sold online through other retail outlets,” said the Pennsylvania state officials, in a release, adding that anyone who recently consumed the product and then became ill should consult their healthcare provider or call the health department.

Rhode Island officials said the affected peanut butter had use by dates between May 23, 2013 and June 28, 2013.

Symptoms of salmonella infection included diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 2 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization. Older adults, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from salmonella infection.

Photo courtesy of Patch.com.

© Food Safety News

 

Hantavirus Kills 2nd Yosemite Camper

 

How long before this becomes a problem in restaurants, distribution centers and warehouses where food is stored….

Visitors warned to beware of symptoms

The Associated Press

Posted: Aug 31, 2012 10:20 AM ET

Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections to six, health officials in California say.

Anita Gore, a spokeswoman for California Department of Public Health, said Thursday that the discoveries were made through the agency’s investigation into cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome at the famed park.

Yosemite officials are expanding their efforts to notify visitors to a complex of tent cabins who may have been exposed to a rare but potentially deadly rodent-carried virus. Yosemite officials are expanding their efforts to notify visitors to a complex of tent cabins who may have been exposed to a rare but potentially deadly rodent-carried virus. (DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite/Associated Press)The infections spurred park officials to close 91 tent cabins atCurry Village in Yosemite Valley, where five of the six infections occurred. Gore said one of the infected people may have been in another area of the park.

“Our investigation is trying to determine which area of the park that person visited,” Gore said.

Over the past three weeks, two people have died of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome after staying in cabins at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.

Park officials said the double-walled design of the cabins that were closed Tuesday made it easy for mice to nest between the walls. The disease is carried in the feces, urine and saliva of deer mice and other rodents.

The two that died had stayed the so-called “Signature” cabins. Mike Gauthier, Yosemite chief of staff, said the design of the luxury cabins that are new to the park allowed for rodent infestation.

“We just weren’t aware that design would lead to it,” he said.

”It’s impossible to get rid of the deer mice, so there is going to be some risk to being in a wilderness area.’— Vicki Kramer

The illness begins as flu-like symptoms but can quickly affect the lungs. It can take up to six weeks to incubate. Five of the people who fell ill are known to have stayed in the tent cabins in June or July, and warnings have gone out to visitors who stayed in Curry Village in June, July or August.

The hantavirus outbreak occurred despite efforts by park officials to step up protection efforts last April. A 2010 report from the state health department warned park officials that rodent inspection efforts should be increased after a visitor to the Tuolumne Meadows area of the park fell ill.

The new hantavirus policy, enacted April 25, was designed to provide a safe place, “free from recognized hazards that may cause serious physical harm or death.”

More cabin inspections

It came after the state report revealed that 18 per cent of mice trapped for testing at various locations around the park were positive for hantavirus. The report said park officials should take steps to prevent mice from entering areas where people sleep.

“Inspections for rodent infestations and appropriate exclusion efforts, particularly for buildings where people sleep, should be enhanced,” it said.

“We worked with Yosemite to evaluate risk and make recommendations to reduce the possibility of transmission to people,” added Vicki Kramer, chief of the health department’s vector-borne disease section. “That included reducing the number of mice, and excluding them from structures.”

In 2009, the park installed the 91 new, higher-end cabins to replace some that had been closed or damaged after parts of Curry Village, which sits below the 3,000-foot Glacier Point promontory, were determined to be in a rock-fall hazard zone.

The new cabins have canvas exteriors and drywall or plywood inside, with insulation in between. Park officials found this week when they tried to shore up some of the cabins that mice had built nests in the walls.

The deer mice most prone to carrying the virus can squeeze through holes. They are distinguished from solid-coloured house mice by their white bellies and gray and brown bodies.

“Those cabins were all immediately investigated and cleaned when initial reports came out,” Gauthier said. “But we want to be extra sure and not take any chances.”

Yosemite’s hantavirus plan also calls for awareness training of park employees and prescribes protective measures and equipment to reduce exposure.

“That’s been a clear part of our messaging. My understanding is we did implement all of the measures of those recommendations,” Gauthier said.

The state concurs that officials in Yosemite took steps to deal with potential hantavirus exposure, but there are limitations, given the location.

Cleaning mouse droppings

“Yosemite, to their credit, has taken quite a few steps to address this,” Kramer said. “But it’s a wilderness area and these buildings aren’t going to be tight. It’s impossible to get rid of the deer mice, so there is going to be some risk to being in a wilderness area.”

Meanwhile, the park sent warning emails and letters Wednesday to another 1,000 people who stayed in tent cabins, after officials found that a computer glitch had stopped the notices from going out with the original 1,700 warnings Monday. The warning says anyone with flu-like symptoms or respiratory problems should seek immediate medical attention.

In 2011, half of the 24 U.S. hantavirus cases ended in death. But since 1993, when the virus first was identified, the average death rate is 36.39 per cent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most of the nearly 600 cases reported since 1993 have been in New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California. Most often they are isolated, so having this cluster of cases from a small area in Yosemite has perplexed public health officials.

The federal government has two epidemiologists working in the park. They are trapping mice and rodents in an effort to determine how much of the population carries the virus and to see whether there are more mice in Yosemite Valley this year than in other years.

Kramer warned people never to sweep or vacuum mouse droppings. Instead, spray them with a mixture of bleach and water then wipe it up with paper towels or a mop.

 

Rare Salmonella Strain Sickened 8 in British Columbia Last Year

Outbreak study yields lessons about investigation techniques

 

BY GRETCHEN GOETZ | AUG 30, 2012

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Salmonella  Agbeni — unlike strains such as S. Enteriditis or S. Typhumurium — is rarely responsible for human illness in North America. But in May of last year, this serotype sickened 8 people in British Columbia, causing illnesses that were unusual enough to prompt a special investigation into the outbreak.
The resulting study was published in the September 2012 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
While researchers were unable to pinpoint the source of the bacteria, they say that the unique characteristics of the outbreak — including an abnormally long incubation period and a high percentage of urinary tract infections — offer valuable lessons for future Salmonella investigations.
During this outbreak, victims began experiencing symptoms 5 -7 days after being exposed to the bacteria, marking an unusually long incubation period for Salmonella, which normally causes illness between 6 and 72 hours after ingestion. This fact suggests that investigators may need to reach farther back in time when looking for common exposures among victims, says the study.
Health officials currently question Salmonella patients about what they ate in the 3 days prior to illness, say the authors. But this outbreak suggests that this time frame may need to be expanded, they note.
In this case, that 3-day window didn’t include the event that turned out to be the likely source of infection for the majority of the B.C. patients — a wedding attended by 7 of the 8 victims.
“The 3-day time frame for exposures was not sufficient to identify appropriate exposures,” explained Marsha Taylor, epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and lead author of the report. “Expanding the period for collecting exposure information about Salmonella spp. infections and the reporting and investigation of persons with Salmonella spp. identified in urine to public health authorities might be needed to help identify and solve outbreaks,” Taylor said in an interview with Food Safety News.
The wedding was only identified as a potential common event because a victim happened to mention it in an interview, explains Taylor.
Officials are not sure why the time between exposure and onset – which averaged 5.5 days – was so long in this outbreak. While it may have been a result of the type of Salmonella involved, says the study, it may also have depended on the amount of bacteria ingested or on a variation in the temperature of the food, which was prepared a week in advance and served cold.
“The specific factor that led to it — whether it’s the stain, the host or the exposure — that piece isn’t that clear,” says Taylor.
High Number of Urinary Tract Infections
The second unusual characteristic of this outbreak was the high percentage of UTIs among victims, say the authors. Typically, 1 percent of non-typhoidal Salmonella infections are diagnosed through urine. However, 3 of the 8 outbreak victims (40 percent) were diagnosed through urine analysis after presenting with UTIs, according to the study.
“It was unusual to see that high a proportion of urine diagnosis within a cluster,” says Taylor.
In light of these findings, “the reporting and investigation of persons with Salmonella spp. identified in urine to public health authorities might be needed to help identify and solve outbreaks,” says the study.
Interestingly, while it’s unusual for Salmonella patients to experience gastrointestinal symptoms in addition to a UTI, 2 of the 3 victims who contracted UTIs in this outbreak experienced GI symptoms before the onset of the UTI.
U.S. Was Likely Source of Bacteria
While investigators never identified the reservoir of the Salmonella Agbeni that caused this outbreak, they say the bacteria likely originated in the United States.
One of the 7 victims who attended the wedding in B.C. had traveled to the province from the U.S. and had helped prepare food served at the event, according to the EID report. That person was also the first to experience symptoms, suggesting that he or she had been carrying the infection before spreading it to others.
The theory that the bacteria originated in the U.S. was bolstered by the fact that the one outbreak victim from B.C. who did not attend the wedding had recently traveled to the United States, and had visited the jurisdiction where the wedding attendee from the U.S. lived.
Furthermore, 5 illnesses of Salmonella Agbeni were reported among residents of that U.S. jurisdiction during the same time period, says the report.
The source of the bacteria in that U.S. jurisdiction was never located, says Taylor.
Before this outbreak, Salmonella Agbeni had rarely been recorded as a source of illness in Canada. Between 2000 and 2010, only 8 illnesses were reported in the country. None of these were in British Columbia. In the United States, 180 cases of Salmonella serotype Agbeni were reported between 1999 and 2009, according to surveillance data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

© Food Safety News

 

Health Canada: Something You Ate? Episode 2

Something you ate?
Episode 2: Tracking the source

Disease Detectives at Work

Epidemiologists are “disease detectives.” They work to find out the “who, what, where, when and why” of diseases, including foodborne diseases, and then use that research to control health problems.

The Public Health Agency of Canada works with provinces and territories to watch for a rise in cases of foodborne illness above regular levels. If a larger number of people than expected appear to have the same illness in a given period and area, it’s called a cluster. When an investigation shows that ill persons in a cluster have something in common to explain why they all got the same illness, the group of illnesses is called an outbreak.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has epidemiologists on staff who investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness when they occur in more than one province, territory or country. We also provide epidemiological support to provinces and territories upon request.

The Public Health Agency of Canada plays a leadership role in coordinating the response to national food-borne illness outbreaks, which are outbreaks that occur in more than one province, territory, or country (including Canada). The investigation of, and response to, national outbreaks in Canada may involve several organizations at multiple levels of government with complementary responsibilities. The Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Protocol guides the coordination of roles and responsibilities during such an outbreak.

The chart, Investigating a Foodborne Illness Outbreak, below, illustrates the steps that epidemiologists follow as they work to control an outbreak and find out its cause.

Something you ate? Episode 1: Outbreak response – The big picture

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a series of four videos that help explain how we respond to large outbreaks of foodborne illness, or food poisoning as it is sometimes called. The first video provides an overview, the second and third explain how our investigation into the source of the illnesses unfolds and the fourth provides advice on how to reduce your risk of this type of illness. We’re posting the videos individually over the coming weeks.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/videos/video01-eng.php

 

Marler Clark: $600,000,000 in 20 Years of E. coli Litigation

Source: http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/600000000-in-20-years-of-e-coli-litigation—video/
By Bill Marler (July 14, 2012)
With the Ohio E. coli O157:H7 outbreak hitting 61 and likely to go higher, it might be good to take a look at the history of E. coli litigtion in the United States.
E. coli O157:H7 was identified for the first time at the CDC in 1975, but it was not until seven years later, in 1982, that E. coli O157:H7 was conclusively determined to be a cause of enteric disease. Following outbreaks of foodborne illness that involved several cases of bloody diarrhea, E. coli O157:H7 was firmly associated with hemorrhagic colitis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 1999 that 73,000 cases of E. coli O157:H7 occur each year in the United States. Approximately 2,000 people are hospitalized, and 60 people die as a direct result of E. coli O157:H7 infections and complications. The majority of infections are thought to be foodborne-related, although E. coli O157:H7 accounts for less than 1% of all foodborne illness.  The CDC also estimates that non-O157 STECs (like O26, O45, 0103, O111, O121, and O145) cause another 36,700 illnesses, 1,100 hospitalizations and 30 deaths in America each year.  E. coli is the leading cause of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
While the majority of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with E. coli O157:H7 have involved ground beef, such outbreaks have also involved unpasteurized apple and orange juice, unpasteurized milk, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, spinach and water. An outbreak can also be caused by person-to-person transmission of the bacteria in homes and in settings like daycare centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. We have been involved in representing families of children who have suffered from this bacterium in the following cases:
..;AFG / Supervalu E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Minnesota (2000)
..;AgVenture Farms Petting Zoo E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Lawsuits – Florida (2005)
..;Aunt Mid’s Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Michigan, Illinois, and Ontario (2008)
..;Bauer Meat E. coli Litigation – Georgia (1998)
..;Baugher’s Apple Cider E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Maryland (2010)
..;Big Fresno Fair E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – California (2005)
..;BJ’s Wholesale Club E. coli Litigation – New York and New Jersey (2002)
..;Bravo Farms Gouda Cheese E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Southwestern US (2010)
..;Camp Bournedale-South Shore Meats E. coli Outbreak Litigation – Rhode Island, Massachusetts (2009)
..;Cargill E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Minnesota, Tennessee (2007)
..;Carneco / Sam’s Club E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Wisconsin & Minnesota (2004)
..;CCC Alternative Learning Daycare E. coli Outbreak lawsuit – Texas (2002)
..;China Buffet E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Minnesota (2001)
..;ConAgra Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2002)
..;Country Cottage Restaurant E coli O111 Outbreak Lawsuits – Oklahoma (2008)
..;Cozy Valley Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Washington State (2011)
..;Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – North Carolina (2004)
..;Cuyahoga County E. coli outbreak – Ohio (2009)
..;Dee Creek Farm E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington & Oregon (2005)
..;Dole Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon (2005)
..;Dole Spinach E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2006)
..;Emmpak E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Wisconsin (2002)
..;Excel E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Georgia (2001)
..;Fairbank Farms E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2009)
..;Finley Elementary School E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Washington (2001)
..;Flanders Provision Co. E. coli Outbreak Litigation – Colorado, Nationwide (2005)
..;Forest Ranch Fire Department Fundraiser E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2008)
..;Freshway Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Multistate (2010)
..;Fresno Meat Market E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2007)
..;Gold Coast Produce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2003)
..;Golden Corral E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nebraska (1999)
..;Habaneros E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Missouri (2003)
..;Herb Depot & Autumn Olives Farm Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Missouri (2008)
..;Interstate Meat E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Oregon, Washington & Idaho (2007)
..;Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington (2008)
..;Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Western States (1993)
..;JBS Swift E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2009)
..;Jimmy John’s and Sprouts Extraordinaire E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Colorado (2008)
..;Jimmy John’s Clover Sprouts E. coli O26 Outbreak Lawsuits – Multistate (2012)
..;Karl Ehmer Meats E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – New Jersey (2000)
..;KFC E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Ohio (1999)
..;Kid’s Korner Daycare E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Missouri (2004)
..;Kindercare E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – California (2000)
..;King Garden Restaurant E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Ohio (2002)
..;Lane County Fair E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Oregon (2002)
..;National Steak and Poultry E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2009)
..;Nebraska Beef E. coli Outbreak – Nationwide (2008)
..;Nebraska Beef E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Minnesota (2006)
..;Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2009)
..;Odwalla E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Western States (1996)
..;Olive Garden E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Oregon (2005)
..;Organic Pastures E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2006)
..;Parsley E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Washington & Oregon (2005)
..;Peninsula Village E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Tennessee (1999)
..;PM Beef Holdings, Lunds & Byerly’s E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Minnesota (2007)
..;Robeson Schools E. coli Outbreak Litigation – North Carolina (2001)
..;Robinswood Pointe Senior Living Facility E. coli Outbreak Litigation – Washington (2005)
..;Rochester Meat Company E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Wisconsin, California (2008)
..;Rocky Mountain Natural Meats Bison E. coli Outbreak Lawsiut – Colorado, New York (2010)
..;Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington State (2008)
..;S & S Foods – Goshen Boy Scout Camp E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Virginia (2008)
..;Schnucks Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Missouri, Multistate (2011)
..;Sizzler E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Wisconsin (2000)
..;Sodexho Spinach E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2003)
..;Spokane Produce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington, Oregon, Idaho (2002)
..;Stop & Shop E. coli Case – New Hampshire (2007)
..;Taco John’s E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Iowa and Minnesota (2006)
..;Topps and Price Chopper E. coli Case – New York (2005)
..;Topps Meats E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2007)
..;Tyson Fresh Meats E. coli Lawsuit – Ohio (2011)
..;United Food Group E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Western States (2007)
..;Valley Meats E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania (2009)
..;Wendy’s E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Oregon (2000)
..;Wendy’s E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Utah (2006)
..;White Water Water Park E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Georgia (1998)
Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products.  The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s.  We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.