This week at least two lawsuits will be filed by parents of three children impacted by E. coli O157:H7-tainted PCC yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy. Two of the children suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life threatening complication.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has identified a likely link to PCC Community Market brand yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy as the source of the current in E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.
The outbreak now includes 11 confirmed cases, including six children under the age of 10, infected with bacteria that have been genetically linked. Counties with cases include Benton (1), King (8), Snohomish (1) and Walla Walla (1). Seven people have been hospitalized. Three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E. coliinfection.
Anyone who has PCC Community Market brand yogurt at home should not eat it and should throw it away. Pure Eire Dairy is working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products.
“The fact that Eire Dairy is a small, local dairy, and its Jersey Cows are ‘Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Animal Welfare Approved, Completely Grass-fed, and free of the A1 Beta Casein,’ is all well and good, but it is not a substitute for food safety,” said William D. Marler, counsel for the three children. “These parents thought by purchasing this product at PCC they were doing something right for their kids, they never imagined that it would contain a pathogen, like E. coli O157, that would nearly kill their children,” added Marler.
E. coli: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $800 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s. We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.
If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.