Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits Piling On: This Outbreak Simply the Latest of 78 Leafy Green Outbreaks Since 1995
Just yesterday, May 16th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based in Atlanta Georgia, confirmed that the Romaine lettuce linked to at least 172 e. coli O157:H7 illnesses in at least 32 states, is no longer on the shelves. This is due both to recalling the product and based upon the shelf-life of Romaine lettuce. The outbreak itself is now well into its second month, having first been identified in March of this year. Early trace-back investigations fingered the Yuma Arizona region which supplies nearly 80% of all Romaine lettuce during the winter months in the Unites States.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed consumers that the last batch of Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, was harvested on April 16th, and this information, coupled with the 21 day shelf-life of Romaine lettuce, indicates that May 7th should have been the last possible day a person could have purchased e. coli tainted Romaine lettuce if it made its way past the recall.
To date, and it does take 2-3 weeks for a person who is symptomatic to get tested and have the positive test included in the official numbers, there has been one death in California (where 39 victims have been identified, the most of any state) with 75 hospitalizations nation-wide and a larger than usual number of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases than are normally seen in an outbreak of this size. The scientific reason behind this is not yet known. . The most recent states to feel the impact include Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon, which until recently were not implicated. There are 21 identified victims in Pennsylvania, 12 in Minnesota, and 11 in Idaho. The other states (not mentioned so far herein) include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Romaine E. coli Lettuce Lawsuits Have Names Vendors So Far: Lawsuits Will Likely be Amended Later to Include Source Farms
The source farms under investigation include at least 13 farms in Yuma , Arizona, including the only named farm so far – Harrison Farms which provided whole Romaine lettuce to a correctional institution in Alaska here there were at least 8 illnesses (none were hospitalized).
A number of Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits have been filed, to date, with many more Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits expected as FDA officials identify the source farms , transporters, and other entities in the stream of commerce, all of whom will likely bear some of the liability in these Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits.