Another E. coli Suit Filed
USAgNet - 08/13/2008

 

            Source of Article:  http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=1890&yr=2008


A second Georgia lawsuit arising from E. coli tainted meat linked to Nebraska Beef Ltd. was filed Friday, just as the beef processing company recalled another 1.2 million pounds of contaminated meat, bringing the total recalled in the last thirty days to over 6 million pounds.

The complaint was filed against Nebraska Beef Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division on behalf of Lillie Ruth and Theron Richter of Colquitt County. The plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Albany attorney F. Faison Middleton IV, of Watson, Spence, Lowe & Chambless, LLP.

A cluster of E. coli illnesses appeared in Colquitt County in late June, and was traced to the Barbeque Pit. The restaurant closed voluntarily on July 3, and recently re-opened after almost a month of decontamination. As many as 12 customers of the restaurant developed E. coli, and four of the victims have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or HUS.

Richter ate at the Barbeque Pit twice in late June, and by July 1, required hospitalization. She tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 and remained in the hospital for a week.

The new recall is responsible for up to 30 additional sicknesses in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Canada.

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