Kroger Slapped With Second E. Coli Lawsuit

July 29, 2008

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Another lawsuit has been filed against The Kroger Co. in connection with an E. coli outbreak last month in Michigan and Ohio that was linked to the chain's ground beef, Progressive Grocer reports.

The Donahey Law Firm, a personal injury practice based in central Ohio, filed a product liability lawsuit in Franklin County Court against the grocer on behalf of a Pickerington, Ohio, resident who, it said, purchased ground beef from a Kroger store in the Columbus area and subsequently contracted E. coli poisoning from the contaminated beef.

The lawsuit said the victim experienced severe intestinal complications as a result of his E. coli infection and continues to suffer from symptoms.

Officials from the states of Ohio and Michigan, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, last month investigated a series of E. coli infections in Ohio and Michigan residents. In response to the outbreak, Kroger instituted a recall of ground beef products bearing a Kroger house label that were sold between May 21 and June 8, 2008. The supplier involved, Nebraska Beef, Ltd., issued a recall of approximately 531,707 pounds of ground beef components.

Meanwhile, a separate recall is now underway in the Cincinnati-based chain's Houston-area stores regarding packaged salmon.

Chicago-based Vita Food Products said 12 individual packages of its Vita Nova Salmon sold at Kroger stores in Houston on or after July 22 of this year may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

In addition, 192 individual packages of this same product have either possibly been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Avenol, N.J., area, the supplier said. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers, the company said.

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