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Cookie dough and other foods have been identified as the source of E. coli outbreaks.

Any food can become contaminated with pathogenic bacteria like E. coli. In recent years, such foods as apple juice, pico de gallo, pizza, and cookie dough have been associated with E. coli outbreaks. Although public health investigators are not always able to determine the means by which these food products become contaminated with E. coli, it is important to note that cross-contamination and unsanitary conditions in food processing plants are potential factors.

In 2009, Nestle USA recalled its prepackaged refrigerated Toll House cookie and brownie dough after the products were identified as the source of a nationwide E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The CDC identified 70 individuals in 30 states who became ill with E. coli infection after eating raw Nestle cookie dough products. Nestle closed half of its Danville, Virginia, plant -- the half of the plant that makes Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough -- for inspection by the FDA. Although FDA investigators discovered three different strains of E. coli O157:H7 in cookie dough products, FDA and CDC investigators were unable to determine how E. coli entered the plant. See Nestle Cookie Dough E. coli Lawsuits.

Totino’s and Jeno’s pizzas produced by General Mills were recalled for E. coli O157:H7 contamination in 2007. The Tennessee State Department of Health and CDC collaborated with public health agencies in several states to investigate the E. coli outbreak, and identified at least 21 E. coli cases associated with the consumption of Totino’s and Jeno’s frozen pizzas with pepperoni. The CDC reported that at least eight people were hospitalized, and four had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome secondary to E. coli infection during the E. coli outbreak traced to General Mills pizzas.

Pico de Gallo and other vegetables can be contaminated with E. coli

In 2003, the Saint Clair, Illinois, County Health Department (SCCHD) investigated an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among patrons of the Habaneros restaurant at the St. Clair Square Mall. SCCHD interviewed 64 people who had eaten at the St. Clair Square Habaneros restaurant during the exposure period, and learned that 30 had become ill with diarrheal illness following their meals at the restaurant. Five were culture-confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 infection. Three people were hospitalized, ten sought medical care through ER visits, and six contacted their primary healthcare providers regarding their illness. Pico de gallo prepared at the restaurant tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, but SCCHD investigators were unable to determine how the pico de gallo had become contaminated. See Habaneros E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits.

In 1996, Odwalla recalled all juice products that contained unpasteurized apple juice in response to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among the company’s customers. A joint investigation between public health agencies from several states, British Columbia, the FDA, and CDC had identified more than 65 individuals who were confirmed ill as part of the outbreak, including more than a dozen children with hemolytic uremic syndrome and one child who died as a result of her E. coli infection. During its investigation into the source of the E. coli outbreak, FDA found numerous violations of health and safety codes at the Odwalla manufacturing plant, including lack of proper sanitizing procedures and poor employee hygiene. The FDA also found that the plant accepted decayed fruit from suppliers. As a direct result of the outbreak, Odwalla began pasteurizing its juices. The outbreak also spurred a response by the federal government, which now requires warning labels to be placed on all unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juice containers. In 1998, Odwalla was indicted and held criminally liable for the 1996 E. coli outbreak. The company pleaded guilty to 16 federal criminal charges and agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine. See Odwalla Apple Juice E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits.

  • I.M. Healthy and Dixie Dew Soy Nut Butter E. coli Lawsuits

    Twenty-nine people infected with the outbreak strains of STEC O157:H7 have been reported from 12 states. Arizona 4, California 5, Florida 1, Illinois 1, Massachusetts 1, Maryland 1, Missouri 1, New Jersey 1, Oregon 9, Virginia, 2, Washington 2, and Wisconsin 1.  Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys represent 17 individual sickened - daily children.

  • Nestle Cookie Dough E. coli Lawsuits

    The Marler Clark law firm has filed three E. coli lawsuits against Nestle USA on behalf of victims of the 2008 Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough E. coli outbreak.  The lawsuits were filed on behalf of California, Colorado, and Washington residents.  The firm represented over two dozen victims of the cookie dough E. coli outbreak in claims against Nestle.  Marler Clark’s E. coli attorneys have resolved all cases.