The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected a rare strain of the E. Coli virus, which has been found in romaine lettuce. The New York State Public Health Laboratory, Wadsworth Center located in Albany, New York discovered the “E. Coli O145” virus.
The virus was detected on an unopened bag of shredded romaine lettuce from Freshway Foods, an Ohio based company. Freshway Foods has recalled various romaine lettuce products across the United States, including New Jersey.
The FDA has identified that the source of the contaminated lettuce was a farm in Yuma, Arizona, though no particular farm has been pinpointed as the culprit. After the initial recall by Freshway Foods, another food distributor in Moore, Oklahoma also issued a recall for its shredded romaine lettuce products, claiming that the product was also from the same farm in Yuma, Arizona.
Food-borne illnesses such as E. Coli can have devastating consequences such as kidney damage and other severe complications. Mass production has lead to more cases of contamination, and food-borne illness has become more prevalent.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious food-borne illness due to a contaminated food product, you may be entitled to recover compensation. It is crucial that safe and sanitary practices are implemented by manufacturers to protect the safety of the consumer. The experienced New Jersey product liability attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you understand your rights if you’ve been hurt or have become ill due to negligence defective product. For a free case evaluation, call Lependorf & Silverstein today at (609) 240-0040.