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E. coli Outbreak from Jimmy John’s Sprouts FDA Investigation

By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLP  Feb. 29, 2012 2:14p

After 14 people fell ill in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin and Arkansas, the food chain Jimmy Johns announced an outbreak of E. coli from clover sprouts. These clover sprouts were used as toppings for sandwiches served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in late 2011 and early 2012, and officials have linked several sources of contamination to the sprout seeds. Contaminated water or improperly composted manure fertilizer could have easily led to the growth of the E. coli that has put at least 2 of the injured women in the hospital after eating Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

Two separate lawsuits have already been filed against Jimmy John’s on the behalf of two women who became ill with E. coli O26 after consuming Jimmy John’s sandwiches. Critics are talking because the seeds haven’t been recalled nationwide and the FDA recall database daily has not announced anything. It can be assumed that either no action has been taken or stealthy action has been taken to quell this outbreak of E. coli. This can be classified as a Class 1 recall, which is defined as a situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a volatile product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Injury Lawsuits for Food-Related Injuries

If you or someone you know have suffered medical injury or other damages because of an E. coli outbreak or another infection related to food you were served, you may be able to file a claim against the party responsible. In most lawsuits, a victim will be able to seek compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, past and future lost income and other damages as well.

In order to recover compensation, a skilled St. Louis injury lawyer will need to prove a causal link between your infection or injury and eating at a restaurant, such as Jimmy Johns. The legal team at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLP can assist you with proving causation as well as pursuing compensation from the supplier of the infected food as well. In the Jimmy Johns case, the victims may be able to seek compensation from the clover sprout supplier by proving “by a preponderance of the evidence” that clover sprouts were the source of the E. coli outbreak. Above all, victims must realize that it is extremely difficult to recover compensation without the help of a legal expert.

Contact a St. Louis injury attorney at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC today for the legal representation you deserve!

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