Organic Pastures Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak
According to the California State Department of Food and Agriculture, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least five children have been epidemiologically linked to raw milk produced by Fresno, California-based Organic Pastures. At least three of the children have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal condition that may lead to kidney failure.
Past Organic Pastures Outbreaks and Legal Issues
In 2006, the CDHS linked Organic Pastures to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened six children, including two children who were hospitalized with HUS. In 2008, Organic Pastures pleaded guilty to shipping misbranded food across state lines. The food in question was raw milk labeled for pet use, but intended to be consumed by humans.
E. coli Infections and HUS
An E. coli infection occurs when a person ingests Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes fever. In about 10 percent of cases, children develop HUS and require hospitalization.
Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming contaminated Organic Pastures raw milk and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.
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