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E. coli O157:H7 – Yet another client story

As we tend to do frequently, we have been in the process of updating our “about” sites (today if you “google” e. coli, the site is No 2).  I must admit updating several “about” sites yearly is an ongoing project involving several experts in the field as well as the lawyers and staff in our office. I just put the finishing touches on “about-ecoli” and was struck – again – by the “One Family’s Story.” You will be too.

Elizabeth and Michael Armstrong were extremely health-conscious when it came to feeding their two children—Ashley, 2, and Isabella, 4. There was, as a result, nothing unusual about their feeding them a salad made with Dole-brand baby spinach in August, 2006. Unfortunately, the spinach proved to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, and Ashley and Isabella became two of the many victims of a nationwide outbreak of infections linked to Dole’s bagged spinach products. Although Isabella recovered relatively quickly from her infection, Ashley developed a rare and extremely dangerous complication—hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.

Armstrong Family Spinach E. coli Illnesses from Marlerclark on Vimeo.

  • Patricia Buck

    Every time I hear your story, my heart breaks. Thank you for speaking out(again!)You and Michael and your daughters are living examples of fortitude!
    Patricia Buck
    Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention
    Grove City, PA 16127