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December 6, 2021
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
All foods have the potential to make you ill from the bacteria Escherichia coli. Some food sources increase your risk of E. coli, such as the four listed below.
One of the most common foods that can become contaminated with E. coli is ground beef. E. coli from inside of the cow’s intestines can contaminate the meat meant for consumption.
It is also worth noting that ground beef does not only contain meat from cows. Many different animals are used in ground beef production, which increases the risk of E. coli contamination.
One of the most recent E. coli outbreaks related to ground beef occurred in 2019 across ten states. More than 209 people became ill, and 29 were hospitalized.
Eating fresh produce offers many health benefits, but not when you unknowingly ingest E. coli. Produce grown in areas near cattle or other meat production facilities can be contaminated with waste runoff.
Even certain types of vegetables are more likely to become contaminated with E. coli. These veggies include romaine and spinach because they can be more challenging to wash correctly and clean.
E. coli in fresh produce resulted in two recent outbreaks. In 2019, contaminated romaine lettuce caused 167 illnesses and 85 hospitalizations across 27 states. In 2020, a leafy greens outbreak caused 40 illnesses and 20 hospitalizations in 19 states.
Although unpasteurized milk is not consumed as often as fresh produce or ground beef, it remains a severe threat to those who continue to drink it. According to the CDC, people who drink unpasteurized milk are 840 times more likely to develop a foodborne illness such as E. coli.
According to the FDA, pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria by heating milk to a specific temperature, followed by rapid cooling. Unpasteurized milk does not have any unique health benefits. The CDC does not recommend drinking or consuming dairy products that contain unpasteurized milk.
Some water sources may produce E. coli, including groundwater contaminated by human or animal waste. Private wells and municipal water supplies can become infected with E. coli. Fortunately, there have not been any significant outbreaks related to E. coli contaminated water since 2006.
E. coli is ordinarily harmless to most humans and animals and might cause only mild and brief symptoms, if any. However, multiple strains of E. coli can be severe and painful, resulting in kidney failure or death.
The most common way to get an E. coli infection is by eating or drinking contaminated food. Symptoms typically appear within three to four days. They include diarrhea, severe stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and tenderness or pain in your abdomen.
When one or more people are sickened by an E. coli infection, it is called an outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have already been two outbreaks of E. coli in 2021.
One outbreak was related to an unknown food source that caused twenty-two illnesses and eleven hospitalizations. The other was linked to a contaminated cake mix that made seventeen people sick across twelve states.
Some people are more likely to have severe side effects from an E. coli infection after eating contaminated food, including:
Restaurants and food processing facilities have a duty of care to follow all safety precautions to reduce the risk of an E. coli outbreak. Victims may be entitled to financial compensation when they breach this duty of care.
An attorney with a deep understanding of foodborne illness cases may be able to recover damages such as:
Holding a negligent food supplier accountable also sheds light on unsafe or unlawful business practices. Your action could help prevent another victim of contaminated food or water.
Even though several strains of E. coli can be harmless, multiple strains of this bacteria can cause severe illness and even death. If you have suffered some of the more severe symptoms and effects of E. coli, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
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