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No Source Yet in Kentucky E. coli Outbreak

As of Tuesday, four Kentucky children remain hospitalized after suffering E. coli O157:H7 infections. The cluster of cases is being investigated by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department based in Elizabethtown and the Kentucky State Department of Health.

According to news reports, the first illness was reported in mid-August. Health Department Public Information Officer Wendy Keown says investigators are trying to determine if there is a common cause.  There is a possibility of a sixth case as well.

“We thoroughly investigate activities such as recent travel, exposure to animals, food histories. You know, have they been swimming anywhere? And try to find any commonality between those to determine a source.  As of right now, there has not been a confirmed source of infection identified,” said Keown.

The children have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a rare and potentially fatal blood disorder.  The children range in age from 18 months to six years.

Keown says they are suffering kidney related problems. She says three of the children are from Hardin County and one each from Oldham and Boone Counties.

It’s possible they are not tied together, but Keown says that’s not likely.

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.

Severe E. coli Illnesses in Oregon, Washington and Kentucky

t has been a very hard week in the Pacific Northwest as we have heard about two youngsters killed by E. coli O157:H7 and at least two others severely sickened with potentially life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  Families and health investigators are trying to find any possible connection and explanation for what has happened.

Aubrie Utter, age 3 – Hospitalized for a week, HUS, 5 blood transfusions

Brad Sutton, age 5 – Still hospitalized, HUS, Dialysis

Serena Profitt, age 4 – HUS, Death

Brooklyn Hoksbergen, age 3 – HUS, Death

And, then there are the five young Kentucky children, or more, being treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for HUS, and the state health department has launched an investigation into how they got sick. Three of the sick children are from Hardin County, one is from Oldham County and one is from Boone County.

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.

Salmonella Tomatoes Again

Taylor Farms is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued the voluntary recall Saturday night for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne in California, Tacoma and Lynwood in Washington, and Las Vegas in Nevada. Only tomatoes listed as packed on September 5 or September 6 are affected.

The recall also includes Sicilian Vegetable Salad served at deli counters at Safeway, Vons and Pavilions grocery stores in California, Nevada and Arizona with use-by dates of September 20 and September 21. The kits for the salad contained the tomatoes.

The company says the Salmonella was found in routine testing. No illnesses have yet been reported.

E. coli Outbreak Strikes Kentucky

According to the Kentucky Health Department, five Kentucky children have been diagnosed with Hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, likely caused by E. coli O157:H7.

The Department for Public Health said there are three cases in Hardin County and one each in Nelson and Oldham Counties. All the children are currently hospitalized.

Kosair Children’s Hospital released this statement at noon on September 13:

Several children from several different counties in Kentucky are being treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome at Kosair Children’s Hospital. In children, this syndrome is most often caused by E. coli O157:H7 infection. We have notified the state health department, which has begun an investigation.

Marler Clark Retained in California Shigella Outbreak

Nancy Luna reports with the Orange county Register that an upscale restaurant at Fashion Island that bills itself as a healthy living establishment is at the center of a suspected foodborne illness outbreak involving at least six victims, county officials said Thursday.

The sickened diners tested positive for Shigella, an intestinal bacteria that triggers severe diarrhea. The “common factor” for each victim was they ate a meal at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach on Aug. 21, 23, 24 and 25, county healthy officials said.

The county shut the restaurant Aug. 28 to investigate the outbreak. None of the victims ate the same dish, leading investigators to believe that the bacteria was spread “person to person,” said Denise Fennessy, director of Environmental Health at the county’s Health Care Agency.

Grass Fed Beef on Trial – Marler Clark Retained in E. coli Outbreak Linked to Whole Foods and Rain Crow Ranch

Let’s be frank, grass fed beef is not pathogenic E. coli free despite all the marketing bullshit.  Please take a long look at my Op-ed of a few years ago.

FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on June 25, 2014. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef purchased at Whole Foods Market and this illness cluster.

Based on epidemiologic investigation, 3 case-patients (including one HUS caused death) have been identified in Massachusetts with illness onset dates ranging from June 13, 2014 to June 25, 2014. While the onset of illnesses was in June, on August 13, 2014, additional laboratory results provided linkages between the 3 MA case-patients and ground beef purchased from Whole Foods. Traceback investigation indicated that all 3 case-patients consumed ground beef purchased from 2 Whole Foods Market prior to illness onset.

The meat – yes, grass fed, that went into the ground beef, came from Rain Crow Ranch.

When Shigella Strikes

Are two restaurants linked in outbreak?

Nancy Luna reports with the Orange county Register that an upscale restaurant at Fashion Island that bills itself as a healthy living establishment is at the center of a suspected foodborne illness outbreak involving at least six victims, county officials said Thursday.

The sickened diners tested positive for Shigella, an intestinal bacteria that triggers severe diarrhea. The “common factor” for each victim was they ate a meal at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach on Aug. 21, 23, 24 and 25, county healthy officials said.

The county shut the restaurant Aug. 28 to investigate the outbreak. None of the victims ate the same dish, leading investigators to believe that the bacteria was spread “person to person,” said Denise Fennessy, director of Environmental Health at the county’s Health Care Agency.

Just got this email:

I ate at Red O on August 24 and got deathly sick.  I was notified by the nurse at Orange County CDC that I had Shigella, documented from HOAG Hospital lab test results.  I have been on Cipro for a week.   I just read that True Food in Newport beach (1/2 mile from Red O) was shut down with an outbreak of Shigella.

And, here are some inspection reports:

http://decadeonline.com/insp.phtml?agency=och&violsortfield=TB_CORE_INSPECTION_VIOL.ENTERED_BY&violsortorder=DESC&forcefac=0&record_id=PR0004233

http://foodinspections.ocgov.com/foodinspections/inspectionArchives/DA9935939.pdf

http://decadeonline.com/insp.phtml?agency=och&violsortfield=TB_CORE_INSPECTION_VIOL.ENTERED_BY&violsortorder=DESC&forcefac=0&record_id=PR0087523

Is Raw Pork from V&T Meat and Food and Hiep Thanh Trading the Link to 152 Sickened with E. coli O157:H7?

V&T Meat and Food, Calgary, Alberta and Hiep Thanh Trading, Edmonton, Alberta, are recalling certain raw pork products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Consumers, food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta, should not consume, serve, use, or sell certain raw pork products sold by these two retailers/distributors because the raw pork products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The affected raw pork products have only been distributed in Alberta.  All raw pork products sold from these locations, during the identified time periods, are affected by this recall.

These raw pork products may have been sold by other retailers. Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer.

This recall was triggered by the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne outbreak investigation led by Alberta Health Services (http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/10353.asp) and supported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that has sickened 152.

Canadians Sue in California Over Salmonella Chia Powder

Canadian Couple Suffer Major Illnesses, Including Appendicitis, After Consuming Salmonella Tainted Chia Seed Powder

Husband and wife from Alberta are two of 63 confirmed cases in Canada; Seek counsel from food safety law firm, MarlerClark, to file suit against manufacturer Navitas Naturals

Marler Clark, the nation’s only law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Timothy and Jennifer Stoddart, two Sylvan Lake residents sickened with a Salmonella infection linked to the nationwide recall in early June of sprouted chia seed powder and sprouted chia/flax seed powder from Navitas Naturals©, the Superfood Company™. The suit’s case number is 3:14-cv-03993.

On May 9, 2014, Timothy and Jennifer Stoddart purchased chia powder at the Natural Solutions store in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Just two days later, they began to suffer from severe gastrointestinal symptoms. For the next several months, the couple was in and out of hospitals receiving treatment, including surgery for Timothy, whose appendix was removed due to appendicitis. It was ultimately determined that both plaintiffs were suffering from a Salmonella infection, which was the direct result of consuming Navitas Naturals chia powder.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with Provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate 63 Canadian cases of Salmonella infection linked to the consumption of sprouted chia seed powder. In Canada, two strains of Salmonella have been associated with this outbreak: Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford. As a part of this investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued food recall warnings for various products containing sprouted chia seeds and sprouted chia seed powder under the brands Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden, Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Naturallyorganic, and Pete’s Gluten Free.

“Many people think that healthy foods are not susceptible to Salmonella outbreaks, but that is just not true,” said Bill Marler, who has been working to help improve food safety standards since representing victims of the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in the early 1990s. “Healthy foods are just as prone to Salmonella and E. coli as milk and eggs.”

Salmonella is transmitted by food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces of an infected animal or person. Many animals carry Salmonella yet do not get sick. It can also be found in unpasteurized egg and milk products. It is commonly transmitted via the fecal-oral route, from one infected person to another. Symptoms (which develop 6 to 72 hours after infection) may be mild and a person can continue to carry Salmonella for weeks after symptoms have subsided.

The best ways to prevent the spread of this illness are to avoid preparing food for others while ill, thoroughly cooking meat and egg products, not consuming unpasteurized eggs and milk products, and washing hands, especially after using the bathroom and before handling or preparing food.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks 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 Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

Trader Joes Sued Again in E. coli Outbreak

Phoenix Resident Files Suit Against Trader Joes After Becoming Seriously Ill with E. Coli O157 Infection

Internationally-recognized food safety expert, Bill Marler, of the MarlerClark Food Safety Law Firm is representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit

In 2013, a total of 33 people in four states became seriously ill after eating salad tainted with a rare strain of E. coli O157:H7. Only one of those victims, Steven Rabinowitz, was from Arizona and with the help of food safety law firm, MarlerClark, has filed suit against Glass Onion Catering, who produced the salad, and grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, which sold the poisoned product. The case number is 3:14-cv-03994.

Rabinowitz, who purchased a Glass Onion salad from Trader Joe’s in mid-October and consumed it soon after, began feeling ill around October 19. The symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 can include bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, and bloody diarrhea. Severe cases sometimes can develop into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition with no known treatment.

After a few agonizing days waiting for his mystery illness to subside, Rabinowitz was admitted to the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center for emergency care. After exhaustive diagnostic tests—which included a CT scan and an emergency colonoscopy—Rabinowitz eventually tested positive for E. coli O157. His colonoscopy also revealed a side effect of his infection: pancolitis, a very severe form of ulterative colitis—a kind of inflammatory bowel disorder that affects the entire internal lining of the colon.

Rabinowitz wasn’t well enough to leave the hospital for more than a week. He was monitored closely by medical professionals in the weeks that followed his release and now, over six months later, continues to recover.

“The conversation around food safety is often centered on meat and underprepared foods,” said Bill Marler, founding partner of MarlerClark. “The reality is fruits, vegetables, and associated products, like prepared salads, can be just as dangerous if proper precautions and safe handling practices aren’t followed. This is exactly why Mr. Rabinowitz and others had to go through the agony they did.”

Marler has been on the front lines of food safety for more than two decades. Some of his first related clients stemmed from the outbreak E. coli O157: H7 traced back to the fast food chain Jack in the Box in the early 1990s and included Brianne Kiner, the sickest child to survive her bout with the potentially deadly infection.

The law firm of Rains Lucia Stern, PC are serving as local council on this case, which was filed in the United States District Court of Northern District of California where the defendants operate and are headquartered.

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.