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By Lindsay Proskey 

Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) warned that 149 individuals across 29 states have been infected with E. coli after consuming contaminated romaine lettuce. Of those infected, 64 people were hospitalized including 17 individuals who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening kidney failure caused by the abnormal destruction of red blood cells. Tragically, one death has been reported.

What You Need to Know About Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli

E. coli are bacteria commonly found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. Although mostly harmless, E. coli can cause illness or death once escaped outside the intestinal tract. Symptoms such as abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting appear approximately two to eight days after consuming the bacteria. The most common mode of transmission to individuals is through consumption of contaminated foods, such as undercooked meat or through cross-contamination during food preparation. However, unhygienic person-to-person contact can also transmit the bacteria through the oral-fecal route.

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By Robert Geimer

food poisoning outbreak, Chicago IL personal injury lawyerWhen you think of food poisoning, you probably think of dirty restaurants and foods like chicken, eggs, or unpasteurized cheese. However, a recent study shows that the leading source of food poisoning is actually caused by fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, over the last decade, foods like cilantro, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and bell peppers have caused 629 outbreaks and nearly 20,000 foodborne illnesses. Still, the experts at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) say Americans should be eating more of these foods.

How Fruits and Vegetables Cause Food Poisoning

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By Daniel Kotin

food poisoning outbreaks, Chicago personal injury attorneysMore than 30 million cases of food poisoning are reported in the United States each year. Many others go unreported and untreated. Clearly, it is a serious problem—one currently without a viable solution. However, experts have begun to question whether or not applications and websites, such as Yelp, may be able to help in tracking down outbreaks and shutting down repeat or serious offenders.

The Dangers of Food Poisoning

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