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ST. LOUIS COUNTY - E. COLI OUTBREAK LINKED TO LETTUCE

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

St. Louis Post Dispatch Article

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A man from St. Louis County is the second person to seek damages from Schnucks after falling ill during an E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce sold at local stores, according to a lawsuit filed today in circuit court.

In mid-October, Charles Meyer, 61, ate romaine lettuce and other salad bar items several times from the Schnucks in Cool Valley. Meyer later developed an E. coli bacterial infection and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur where he stayed in the cardiac unit for several days.

Meyer has not regained his previous health and strength since the illness, according to the lawsuit.

Mary Kozlowski filed suit earlier this month against Schnucks after she suffered permanent kidney damage from an E. coli infection after eating salads from the Des Peres Schnucks.

Federal health officials tagged romaine lettuce as the likely culprit of the E. coli outbreak that sickened 60 people across 10 states this fall. Investigators determined that romaine lettuce from salad bars at nine Schnucks locations was the most common denominator in the illnesses.

The contamination probably occurred at a farm before the lettuce reached the stores, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Both lawsuits also name Vaughan Foods of Oklahoma, which supplies romaine lettuce to Schnucks. The plaintiffs are represented by the law firms Aleshire Robb in Springfield, Mo., and Marler Clark in Seattle.

Blythe Bernhard covers health and medicine. Follow her on Twitter @blythebernhard

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/health-matters/another-customer-sues-schnucks-in-e-coli-outbreak/article_5b38fd7c-3241-11e1-b7bf-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1hxGDPzI0

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