Defective Food Items Comments Off on Apple Juice Contaminated With E. coli Bacteria
Apple Juice from High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill, Camino, California has tested positive for E. coli bacteria, The Daily Meal reports.
According to health department officials, one person was hospitalized after drinking the tainted apple juice, but is expected to recover.
One sample of apple juice from High Hill Ranch has tested positive for E. coli. Results for two other samples are pending.
In mid- to late-October, seven people became ill with E. coli poisoning after consuming unpasteurized apple juice from the ranch. All of the juice was consumed either at home or at High Hill Ranch.
Coli Wreaking Havoc
In the last few weeks, there have been a number of food items recalled for E. coli contamination.
Last week, a Nebraska-based meat company, All American Meats, recalled 167,427 pounds of ground beef that was distributed nationwide because of possible E. coli contamination.
In the last two weeks at least 60 people who consumed apple cider during a fall harvest festival in Illinois were struck with the illness. An E. coli outbreak also forced Chipotle to close 43 locations in Washington and Oregon states.
Statistics and Symptoms
E. coli causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths each in the United States, and caused $405 million in annual healthcare expenses.
Between 2003 and 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked about 391 E. coli outbreaks. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of the illness with 1,274 hospitalizations and 34 deaths.
Among those victims who were hospitalized, 300 suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from E. coli infections that could result in kidney damage. Some of the common symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and fever.
If You Have Suffered Food Poisoning
If you have suffered an illness due to contaminated food, there are several steps you would be well advised to take right away. Get immediate medical attention.
If you have any of the food or drink you consumed, have it tested in a laboratory for pathogens. File a complaint with your local health agency, which routinely tracks these types of outbreaks.
Contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will help protect your rights and secure compensation for your injuries and losses.