Thirty-two victims of soy nut E. coli will split the remaining $11.25 million owed after I.M. Healthy Brand Soy Nut Butter manufactured by Dixie Dew made them sick. The outbreak spanned 12 states during the spring of 2016.
About E. coli
E. coli is bacteria that normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. While most strains are harmless, the one found in recent patients, 0157: H7, is a specific strain that can cause serious illness. Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria, although most patients become ill three or four days after consumption. These symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most people recover in five to seven days. However, those most at risk include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems.
Soy Nut E. coli Victims Split Millions
In Spring 2016, there were 32 infections of E. coli O157: H7 in 12 states from Soy Nut butter. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Jan. 6, 2017, through Feb. 15, 2017. More than 80% of the victims were children. Twenty-six victims filed against Dixie Dew. The claims ranged from $25,000 to $25 million individually, based on the severity of the illnesses. Nine of the Soy nut E. coli victims developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The total was $70 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration linked the soy nut butter to the E. coli outbreak in March 2017. Both agencies recalled I.M. Healthy Original Creamy Soy Nut Butter on March 3, 2017, before expanding the recall on March 10, 2017.
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E. coli are bacteria that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in humans. The CDC estimates the bacteria causes 2,000 hospitalizations each year. Plus, 10% go on to develop more serious complications like hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS can cause kidney failure, damage to the central nervous system, and ultimately death.
Therefore, it is important to seek representation if you are a victim of the multistate E. coli outbreak or any foodborne contamination. An experienced attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm can help you receive compensation for your losses. We have over 20 years representing injured consumers and will use every avenue to get you justice.