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Dole Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits

In 2005, at least 23 people in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, were confirmed ill with E. coli infections after eating contaminated Dole brand lettuce. Residents of Wisconsin and Oregon also tested positive during the E. coli outbreak, which triggered the Food and Drug Administration to issue a nationwide health alert to warn the public not to eat Dole packaged lettuce on October 2, 2005. The alert stated that certain pre-packaged Dole salad products—Classic Romaine, American Blend, and Greener Selection—“have been associated with an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Minnesota.” The FDA later reported that as many as 245,000 bags of Dole lettuce may have been contaminated with the lethal bacterium, and E. coli was isolated from an unopened bag of lettuce.

Marler Clark's E. coli lawyers resolved the claims of seven individuals from Minnesota, and one Oregon resident, all of whom became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Dole brand packaged lettuce.


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You can read more about the Dole lettuce E. coli outbreak on the Marler Clark-sponsored site about E. coli.

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