At least 11 companies so far face lawsuits in relation to this spring’s deadly E. coli outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce. The most recent victim to pursue compensation is a 23-year-old man who suffered neurological damage, seizures and kidney failure as a result of his infection.

But, three companies whose corporate leadership decided to break the supply chain of silence and reveal the suppliers of their chopped romaine, are off the defendant lists for civil complaints filed by one law firm.

“I voluntarily dismissed Red Lobster, Panera and Texas Roadhouse once they informed me who their romaine suppliers
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Hepatitis infection can cause a yellowing of the eyes and/or skin, which is referred to as jaundice. Photo illustration

An outbreak of hepatitis A has claimed another life in Michigan. Also, another restaurant worker has tested positive for the highly contagious virus, exposing an unknown number of people who ate at a Red Lobster in the past month.

The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as of the state health department’s most recent update, which included information up to Feb. 14. The state reported 751 confirmed cases as of that date, with more than
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salmonella-cucumbers A Minnesota woman who says she was sickened by Salmonella-tainted cucumbers is suing the San Diego-based produce company which imported and distributed them. Marler Clark, the Seattle-based food safety law firm, has filed a lawsuit against Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Inc. on behalf Kathleen R. Dvergsten, a resident of Farmington, MN. (Marler Clark underwrites Food Safety News.) The lawsuit, filed in federal court, is the first one related to the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella traced back to cucumbers imported and distributed by Andrew & Williamson, a corporation headquartered in California. To date, 285 people from 27 states
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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27. Some of these outbreaks make a repeat appearance by also making the list of top 10 news stories. Drum roll, please … Here are the top 10 food safety news stories for 2013: 1. U.S. District Attorney for Colorado breaks new legal ground for
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At least 646 people have now fallen ill with Cyclospora infections in connection with an outbreak that hit 24 states between June and August, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 44 of those individuals have been hospitalized. Those ill range in age from less than one year to 92 years old, with a median age of 52. According to CDC’s count, the number ill by state is as follows: Texas (283 illnesses), Iowa (154), Nebraska (86), Florida (32), Wisconsin (17), Illinois (12), Arkansas (12), New York (9), Georgia (5),
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As of this morning, the CDC reports a total of 609 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from 22 states and New York City. The number of cases identified in each area is as follows: Texas (257), Iowa (156), Nebraska (86), Florida (31), Wisconsin (16), Illinois (11), Arkansas (10), New York City (7), Georgia (5), Missouri (5), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), New Jersey (3), Connecticut (2), Minnesota (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (2), California (1), New Hampshire (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), and Wyoming (1). Although the CDC reports the Texas total as 257, Texas reports
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Nearly two months have passed since state and federal health authorities first became aware on June 28 of two related cases of Cyclospora infection in Iowa residents. Considering Iowa typically sees one or two such cases a year, the small irregularity immediately caught the attention of state health officials. Within weeks, authorities had identified several hundred cases across a dozen states, with the bulk in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas. Patients’ illness onset dates spread from June 1 to the middle of July. On Aug. 1, investigators in Iowa and Nebraska concluded that the majority of cases in those two states
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At least 596 people in 19 states have fallen ill with Cyclospora infection since June. The latest number of cases by state is as follows: Arkansas (10 cases), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (29), Georgia (4), Illinois (11), Iowa (155), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (86), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New York (7), Ohio (2), Texas (258), Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (14). These counts are based off data collected from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and calls made to individual state health departments. The illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska are linked to salad
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At least 591 people in 19 states have fallen ill with Cyclospora infection since June. The latest number of cases by state is as follows: Arkansas (7 cases), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (28), Georgia (4), Illinois (11), Iowa (155), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (1), Missouri (4), Nebraska (86), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New York (7), Ohio (2), Texas (258), Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (14). These counts are based off data collected from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and calls made to individual state health departments. The illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska are linked to salad
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At least 514 people have been found ill from Cyclospora infections since June across 17 states, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Of those ill, 30 have been hospitalized. New Hampshire is the latest state to include a case. The case count by state is now as follows: Arkansas (5 cases), Connecticut (1), Florida (27), Georgia (4), Illinois (9), Iowa (153), Kansas (3), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (1), Missouri (3), Nebraska (79), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New York (6), Ohio (2), Texas (206) and Wisconsin (10). While the 232 illnesses in Iowa and
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