April 25, 2019 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman from Kentucky who was hospitalized with a severe E. coli infection after eating ground beef recalled by K2D Foods.
K2D Foods of Georgia recalled about 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef after some of the products tested positive for E. coli O103, according to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service announcement on April 23.
On April 24, Grant Park Packing in Illinois recalled about 53,200 pounds of ground beef that may also be contaminated with E. coli O103.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the recalled ground beef is connected to a current outbreak that has sickened at least 156 people in 10 states.
The lawsuit was filed against K2D Foods by Melissa Carmicle, of Laurel County, Kentucky. In March, she was hospitalized for 3 days with a severe E. coli infection and kidney failure. She went home, but began having seizures and was re-admitted, the lawsuit states.
Carmicle is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 and accuses K2D of selling “unreasonably dangerous and defective ground beef” and failing to properly test and monitoring its ground beef to detect E. coli.
As of April 23, the CDC has reported that ground beef is linked to a total of 156 cases of E. coli in Florida (3), Georgia (33), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (65), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), Ohio (8), Tennessee (41), and Virginia (2).
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