Spinach Food Poisoning
While the most common sources of E. coli O157:H7 contamination are undercooked or mishandled meat products, with raw milk and juice running close behind, there have also been an increasing number of cases in which spinach has been identified as the source of E. coli O157:H7 contamination, and was making people ill.
In November 2012, for example, the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) assisted New York state health authorities in recalling bags of organic spinach sold at a chain of supermarkets in upstate New York. The spinach was recalled after a number of people became ill due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 66, and a number of them had to be hospitalized. Back in 2006, a similar outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 tied to contaminated spinach led to at least 275 illnesses and five deaths. When it comes to spinach contamination, the cause of e. coli-related illnesses is often the negligence of food processors and servers.
Among the symptoms of illness cause by E. coli O157:H7 contamination include sudden and severe abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea, with some experiencing nausea, vomiting and a mild fever. While most victims of E. coli O157:H7 contamination suffer no long-term consequences, some may develop serious complications, up to and including kidney disease, which may require long term, or even lifetime, medical care.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have contracted an illness due to consumption of contaminated spinach, especially spinach that was recalled for contamination with E. coli O157:H7, you need a lawyer with experience dealing with food poisoning cases. If a subsequent investigation confirms your suspicions, the victims may be entitled to adequate compensation for all injuries and harm caused by the tainted spinach.
The Texas Food Contamination Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm work hard to protect clients from harmful food products, such as spinach that has been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. If you or someone you know may have consumed such products, you may have a legal claim. Contact the Houston and San Antonio,Texas Trial Attorneys at Hill Law Firm to discuss your legal options.