Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Food Poisoning Lawsuits

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted May 7, 2010


The food poisoning lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential injury lawsuits for individuals who have suffered severe illness as a result of contaminated shredded romaine lettuce that was sold at salad bars and super market delis throughout much of the United States.

>>FDA LINK (5/6/2010): Shredded Romaine Lettuce Recall

On May 7, a recall of shredded romaine lettuce was issued by Freshway Foods after E. Coli O145 was found in some of their unopened products. Confirmed illnesses have been reported in at least three states, and the contaminated lettuce was distributed to food service outlets, wholesalers, delis and grocery stores in Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Although the shredded romaine lettuce could have been used in a variety of food service locations, the manufacturer has specifically warned customers not to eat any “grab and go” salads sold at in-store salad bars or delis inside of of the following stores:

  • Kroger
  • Giant Eagle
  • Ingles Markets
  • Marsh Stores

The recalled romaine lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of food poisoning involving E. coli that has resulted in 19 confirmed illnesses, including 12 severe cases that required hospitalization. Three of the cases of E. coli poisoning have resulted in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after eating the romaine lettuce, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can result in blocked circulation or bleeding in the brain or kidneys.

Symptoms of shredded romain lettuce E. coli food poisoning could include severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most healthy adults are able to fully recover within a few weeks, children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to severe injury or even death.


The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential cases for individuals diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning that resulted in hospital treatment after eating recalled shredded romaine lettuce. To review a potential case and determine if compensation may be available through a romaine lettuce recall lawsuit, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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