All News / Outbreaks /

Herb Depot & Autumn Olives Farm Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Missouri (2008)

In early May of 2008, the Lawrence County, Missouri, Health Department (LCHD) learned that a child had been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) secondary to E. coli O157:H7 infection. The health care provider who reported the child’s illness reported that the child had consumed raw goat’s milk purchased at the Herb Depot in Barry County, Missouri.

Shortly thereafter, LCHD learned that another Barry County child had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 infection and that the child had also consumed raw goat’s milk from Herb Depot.

LCHD conducted epidemiological and environmental investigations, and determined that the raw milk consumed by both children suffering from E. coli infections had been produced at Autumn Olives Farm. In addition, LCHD announced that two additional cases had been connected to the outbreak. Each of the cases were from different counties in Southwest Missouri, and shared a common exposure to Autumn Olives Farm.

All cases that cultured positive for E. coli O157:H7 during the outbreak shared a common, indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 that had never before been reported in Missouri. LCHD reported that “no other plausible sources of exposure common to all four cases were identified [other than the milk.]” LCHD ultimately concluded that “the epidemiological findings strongly suggest the unpasteurized goat’s milk from Farm A [Autumn Olives] was the likely source of infection for each of the cases associated with this outbreak.”

The Marler Clark law firm represented three individuals who became ill with E. coli infections during the outbreak traced to Autumn Olives Farm raw goats milk. The lawyers filed the first lawsuit against Herb Depot in connection with the raw goat milk E. coli outbreak on July 29, 2008. All cases have since been resolved.

Get Help

Affected by an outbreak or recall?

The team at Marler Clark is here to answer all your questions. Find out if you’re eligible for a lawsuit, what questions to ask your doctor, and more.

Get a free consultation
Related Resources
E. coli Food Poisoning

What is E. coli and how does it cause food poisoning? Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a highly studied, common species of bacteria that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae, so...

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli O157:H7 is a foodborne pathogen that causes food poisoning. E. coli O157:H7 is the most commonly identified and the most notorious Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) serotype in...

Non-O157 STEC

Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli can also cause food poisoning. E. coli O157:H7 may be the most notorious serotype of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), but there are at least...

Sources of E. coli

Where do E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) come from? The primary reservoirs, or ultimate sources, of E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC in nature are...

Transmission of and Infection with E. coli

While many dairy cattle-associated foodborne disease outbreaks are linked to raw milk and other raw dairy products (e.g., cheeses, butter, ice cream), dairy cattle still represent a source of contamination...

Outbreak Database

Looking for a comprehensive list of outbreaks?

The team at Marler Clark is here to answer all your questions. Find out if you’re eligible for a lawsuit, what questions to ask your doctor, and more.

View Outbreak Database