Federico's Mexican Restaurant E. coli Outbreak - Arizona (2013)
Marler Clark represents over a dozen victims of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among customers of the Federico's Mexican Restaurant in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The law firm filed the first E. coli lawsuit associated with the outbreak on August 5, 2013, and has sinc filed 2 additional lawsuits against the restaurant.
According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, at least 94 people fell ill with E. coli infections after eating food purchased at Federico's in late July and early August of 2013. Of those, at least 23 people were hospitalized due to their E. coli infections, some with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure.
The health department issued a final report in November, 2013. In the report, MCDPH states that lettuce was the source of the E. coli outbreak at Federico's. The health department investigation did not conclusively answer whether the lettuce was cross-contaminated with another food in the restaurant or if the lettuce entered the restaurant already contaminated.