Apple Cider E. Coli Food Poisoning Lawsuits in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted November 8, 2010


The food poisoning lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential E. coli lawsuits for individuals who have fallen ill after drinking Baugher’s Apple Cider, which was sold throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.


At least seven people have fallen ill and three people have been hospitalized due to an infection by a strain of E. coli O157:H7 which Maryland health investigators have tracked back to unpasteurized apple cider sold by Baugher’s Orchard & Farm in Westminster, Maryland. At least one of those cases has resulted in a form of kidney failure known as Hemolytic-Urenia Syndrome (HUS).

On November 4, the FDA, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Baugher Enterprise issued a Baugher Apple Cider recall. The cider was distributed in Maryland and Pennsylvania in half-gallon and gallon containers.

Officials are warning consumers who have purchased the unpasteurized apple cider not to drink it, and to discard it in a way that it can not be consumed by people or animals. However, if you, a friend or family member have suffered an illness as a result of the bad apple cider, the contents and packaging should be preserved in a manner that will ensure it is no longer consumed until it can be determined whether you may be entitled to compensation through a potential apple cider lawsuit.

Maryland health investigators are examining the Baugher production facility in order to track down the source of the contamination.

E. coli symptoms commonly include abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may become bloody. While most healthy adults recover within a few weeks, more severe cases may result in hospitalization and a potential risk of kidney failure from hemolytic-urenia syndrome (HUS). Children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system may have an increased risk.


The Pensylvania and Maryland food poisoning lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals who have experienced an illness that required hospital treatment after consuming apple cider from Baugher’s Orchard & Farm. Contact our office today to review a potential claim and determine whether compensation may be available through an Apple Cider Food Poisoning lawsuit.


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