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E. Coli Food Poisoning Cases in Michigan Linked to Wendy’s Restaurants

 Posted on September 12, 2022 in Personal Injury

Kent County Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer

There are multiple reasons why the food served to people at restaurants may be unsafe, and in some cases, different types of food may become contaminated with dangerous viruses or bacteria. E. coli is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, and a recent outbreak that took place in the Midwest has raised concerns about the risks people may face when eating at certain restaurants. Those who have suffered harm due to food poisoning will want to determine their options, and a personal injury lawyer may be able to assist in taking legal action against a restaurant, food supplier, or other company that failed to follow the correct safety practices or allowed contaminated foods to be sold to consumers.

E. Coli Outbreak Associated With Wendy's

On August 17, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it was investigating an outbreak of cases of food poisoning related to E. coli. The CDC's investigation is still ongoing, and it has not confirmed a specific source of food poisoning. However, out of the initial 62 patients the CDC interviewed, 52 of them reported eating at a Wendy's restaurant within one week of becoming ill. While Wendy's has not admitted responsibility for this outbreak, it did take the step of removing romaine lettuce from its sandwiches at restaurants in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. To date, the CDC has received reports of 97 illnesses affecting people in six states, with 43 of these cases requiring hospitalization.

Understanding E. Coli Food Poisoning

E. coli is one of the most common sources of food poisoning in the United States. This bacteria is typically found in food that has been contaminated with animal feces, such as beef, poultry, or unpasteurized milk. People may become infected with E. coli if food is not cooked properly or if food service workers do not follow the proper sanitary procedures, such as washing their hands after using the bathroom. Lettuce and other vegetables may become contaminated with E. coli while on farms or during processing or transportation, and infections may occur if they are not washed properly before being served to customers.

Most people who contract food poisoning from E. coli will experience symptoms within three to four days after consuming the contaminated food. These symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea, as well as fevers over 102 degrees Fahrenheit. People may also experience dehydration, and while the majority of people will recover from this type of food poisoning without any long-term effects, hospitalization may be required for those who suffer severe symptoms. In serious cases, E. coli food poisoning may lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, which may result in kidney failure.

Contact Our Kent County Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has suffered food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At John D. Tallman, PLC, Attorney at Law, our Grand Rapids food poisoning attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured due to the negligence of others, and we will fight to help you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call us at 616-361-8850 to arrange a free consultation today.






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