Romaine Lettuce Recalls Raise Safety Concerns
In recent weeks, the romaine lettuce many Americans enjoy regularly has been under a cloud of concern with possible contamination of the bacteria known as E. coli. The bacteria is found in the environment and doesn’t always cause illness. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control notes that most E. coli are not harmful. The strains of the bacteria that we hear about can be very problematic, can cause illness and are transmitted in food, water and other means. The strain that is most often the problematic one causes thousands of illnesses annually and can result in hospitalization and can be fatal.
Not only can uncooked vegetables like tomatoes and lettuces be a problem, but the bacteria can also be found in raw milk, fruit and soft cheeses. Food that is not sufficiently cooked is also a danger.
Lawsuits Filed After Recalls and Outbreaks
Most Americans remember the major issue that the very popular Chipotle restaurants had in 2015. According the Washington Post in that serious outbreak 60 customers from 14 states were infected with the bacteria. The restaurant chain took extreme measures to correct this problem. But the cause of the outbreak was never determined. Many customers who became ill after eating at the chain settled lawsuits brought against the restaurant for causing their illnesses.
Food suppliers, distributors and restaurants are regulated by both federal laws and state laws. If you become ill after eating food or from store-bought romaine lettuce, for example, you may well be able to recover your medical expenses and other losses due to illnesses that are shown to have been the result of eating contaminated foods.