Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Aunt Mid's faces second lawsuit in E. coli outbreak
Doug Guthrie / The
Source of Article: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081021/BIZ/810210430/1001
The lawsuit filed Monday in Washtenaw Circuit Court on behalf of
Lindsey Jennings, a
Unlike the earlier claims of
"This is more than coincidental that the health department
confirms the same strain of 0157:H7 bacteria," said Jenning's
lawyer Michael Heilmann of
Tainted lettuce was grown in
Members of the Riggio family, which owns and operates the produce wholesaler, said no trace of E. coli bacteria has been found by state or private testing inside the plant on West Jefferson. Production has resumed after a voluntary two week halt.
None of the tainted lettuce was discovered or tested by the state, but shipments from Aunt Mid's appeared to be the common denominator in cases confirmed through medical testing to infections caused by E. coli strain 0157:H7.
At least 38 people were sickened in September in
Heilmann said he also represents an employee
A Jimmy John's spokeswoman declined comment, citing company policy.
No new onset of illnesses has been reported since September, said
James McCurtis, spokesman for the Michigan
Department of Community Health. He added that
According to her lawyers, Jenning's
suffered abdominal cramps, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea that were so severe
she was having difficulty breathing when she sought treatment at a university
clinic. She spent 10 days in
"This young woman endured a severe and excruciating illness, just because of something she ate," said another of her attorneys, William Marler, a Seattle-based attorney who specializes in filing food borne illness lawsuits nationwide. "She was so worried about missing school that she returned to class while still being fed by the PICC (chest tube). We need to make sure she doesn't worry about how to pay her medical bills. We also need to work to prevent future outbreaks."
Dominic Riggio, president of Aunt Mid's, said Tuesday, "We haven't seen the lawsuit so it would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time."
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