Another lawsuit filed in E. coli scare

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By Matt Tomsic

Published: June 23, 2009

Lawyers filed a second lawsuit in Colorado on behalf of a family after they say a child became sick from eating Nestle Toll House cookie dough made in a Danville facility.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating Nestle’s Danville plant to determine if it was the source of the E. coli bacteria. Investigators haven’t announced any results. State health departments sent the CDC samples of the cookie dough, which also are being tested.

The bacteria had not been found in the cookie dough as of Monday, said Roz O’Hearn, a spokeswoman for Nestle.

William Marler is one of the attorneys representing the child, Madison Sedbrook. He works for Marler Clark, a firm that represents victims of food poisoning.

According to Marler’s blog, Sedbrook, 6, ate the cookie dough several times in April. The Denver-area child developed flu-like symptoms and kept eating the cookie dough into May, when she developed ab-dominal cramps, fever and bloody diarrhea. Sedbrook was admitted to the hospital and released before being taken back.

She developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can be fatal. Doctors tested the genetic fingerprint of Sedbrook’s illness and compared it to the fingerprint of the nationwide outbreak of E. coli that may be linked to eating raw cookie dough. The two prints matched.

Nestle recalled the cookie dough Thursday after learning of a Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation that is looking into a possible link between an E. coli outbreak and eating the cookie dough raw.

The CDC announced Monday that seventy cases of E. coli have been reported in 30 states. Thirty pa-tients have been hospitalized.




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