Our lawsuit investigation of the Glass Onion Catering and Trader Joe's salad E. coli outbreak continues, and attorneys Fred Pritzker and his team are available for a free E. coli lawsuit consultation (click here now) for victims of this outbreak and their families.
This outbreak has caused severe illness, including 2 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure and a host of other health problems. These patients suffer extreme pain as they endure dialysis, seizures, stroke and organ failure.
"E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks are preventable," says Fred, who represents E. coli and HUS victims and their families. "Food processors and retailers are well aware of the risk of serious illness and death from E. coli O157:H7, and it is their duty to make sure they do not sell food tainted with this dangerous pathogen."
The CDC has determined that the outbreak illnesses were caused by products made by Glass Onion Catering, a California company, which has recalled several salad and wrap products sold to Trader Joe's (the only store that sold the recalled products outside of California), Walgreens, Whole Foods Market and several other stores. You can read the Glass Onion Catering 2013 recall list here.
These two Trader Joe's salads have been specifically linked to cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in this outbreak:
- Trader Jose's Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken (sold at Trader Joe's under the company's Trader Jose's brand); and
- Trader Joe's Field Fresh Chopped Salad.
Both of these salads were made by Glass Onion Catering, a California company. 12 of 15 outbreak victims interviewed reported eating Trader Joe's Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken or Trader Jose's Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken before getting sick.
Trader Jose’s Mexicali Brand Salad with Chili Lime Chicken (SKU 99050) was sold at Trader Joe's stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. It contains lettuce, corn, diced pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), Asiago cheese, chicken, and jalapeno Caesar dressing. This is the only salad specifically implicated in the outbreak that was sold in every state where people were sickened: Arizona (1), California (27), Texas (1), and Washington (3).
Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled White Chicken (SKU 97216) was only sold in Trader Joe's Northern California and Northern Nevada stores. There have not been reports of illness from Nevada, but California has reported 27 people diagnosed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, a strain the CDC has not seen before. The implicated Field Fresh Chopped Salad contains chopped lettuce, grilled white chicken meat, Israeli couscous, dried currants, Asiago cheese, crunchy chopped pecans and basil dressing.
The specific salad ingredient responsible for these illnesses has not been determined, but our best guess at this point is lettuce, which has been the source of several past E. coli outbreaks. Fred and his team have helped victims from most of these outbreaks recover compensation for hospital and other medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, emotional distress and other damages.
CDC Updates E. coli Outbreak Numbers
The CDC has updated the outbreak numbers. The CDC has had reports of a total of 32 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 from four states: Arizona (1), California (27), Texas (1), and Washington (3). Since the last update on November 10, 2013, six new ill persons have been reported from two states: California (5) and Texas (1).
Among persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from October 13, 2013 to October 26, 2013. Ill persons range in age from 2 years to 78 years, with a median age of 29 years. Fifty-nine percent of ill persons are female. Among 22 persons with available information, 7 (32%) reported being hospitalized. Two ill persons have developed HUS, and no deaths have been reported.
In interviews, ill persons answered questions about foods consumed and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Nineteen (86%) of 22 ill persons interviewed report shopping at different Trader Joe’s grocery store locations. Twelve (80%) of 15 ill persons reported consuming a ready-to-eat salad purchased from Trader Joe’s. Two types of ready-to-eat salads, the Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, were reportedly consumed by 12 (80%) of 15 ill persons during interviews.
You can contact our attorneys (click here now) to find out if you have a claim for money damages against Glass Onion Catering and Trader Joe's. Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flaherty have won millions for other E. coli and HUS victims, and they can help you.