Another lawsuit has been filed in the Fairbank Farms E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, this time on behalf of Alice Smith. The suit was filed by Marler Clark, the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm.

According to the lawsuit, Ms. Smith purchased beef produced by Fairbank Farms at Shaw’s grocery store in Portland, Maine in mid-September 2009, …

A final report on the Fairbank Farms outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 from ground beef was issued Nov. 24th by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Among its findings are:

  • Twenty-six persons from eight states were infected with matching strains of E. coli O157:H7.
  • Nineteen of the outbreak victims required hospitalization.
  • Five developed

A second lawsuit stemming from an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was filed last week against Fairbank Farms, this one was on behalf of Augusta, Maine resident Margaret Long and was filed in Maine District Court.

ground-beef-6.jpgAccording to the lawsuit, she purchased beef produced by Fairbank Farms at Shaw’s Market in Augusta, consuming the product …

A second E. coli lawsuit was filed against Crocetti’s Oakdale Packing Co. in Plymouth County Superior Court in Massachusetts yesterday.  The lawsuit was filed by Lincoln, RI resident Barry Santos on behalf of his 11-year-old daughter Lynn.  

According to the lawsuit, Lynn Santos ate a hamburger produced by Crocetti’s Oakdale Packing Co., dong business …

For 11-year-old Andrea Munro, the night of Sep. 24 held no surprises: after sharing a meal of hamburger patties with her grandmother, as she had done many times before, Andrea spent the evening at her grandmother’s apartment in Marshfield, MA before returning home to her family’s house down the street.  Everything seemed fine.


It wasn’t …

In reaction to the ongoing multistate E. coli beef outbreak, which has sickened 25 and caused two deaths, Representative George Miller (D-CA) asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to launch an investigation into the risk of E. coli getting into school lunches yesterday.

Though no schools in the federal school lunch program were affected by …

Twenty-five people in ten states are part of a cluster of victims of an E. coli O157:H7 strain matched to ground beef from Fairbank Farms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday.

Those in the cluster have paid a heavy price.  Two are dead, three others developed a type of kidney failure …

In response to the current multi-state E. coli outbreak traced to ground beef from Fairbank Farms in Ashville, New York, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is placing a billboard in the neighboring city of Jamestown that reads “Meat Kills: Go Vegan.”

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Twenty-eight people in 12 states are ill with the same strand of …

The footprint of states where in mid-September consumers could have bought ground beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 is much larger than was originally reported.

When Fairbank Farms, based in upstate New York, announced the Halloween recall of 545,699 pounds of ground beef, it said the product contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 was sold in …

Political and legal ramifications of the now nationwide E. coli O157:H7 outbreak came into focus yesterday.  Twenty-eight people from 12 states infected with matching strains of E. coli O157:H7 are at the center of an ongoing investigation by state and federal health officials.

On the political side, the new U.S. Senator from upstate New York …