July 15, 2009: Update On Nestle E. Coli Cookie Dough Outbreak.
Although public health officials and food safety experts may never learn how Nestle pre-packaged cookie dough became contaminated with E coli, which could have provided valuable information regarding food production errors that can be avoided in the future, one thing is for sure. And that one thing, is that Nestle pre-packaged cookie dough left the Nestle manufacturing plant contaminated with the deadly foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7.
In fact, the cookie dough most likely left the Nestle plant contaminated with multiple strains of E. coli O157:H7.
The FDA has announced that E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from an unopened package of Nestle cookie dough taken from the Nestle manufacturing plant in Danville, VA. This strain of E. coli was not the outbreak E. coli strain, but its presence proves that the cookie dough came into contact with fecal contaminants at some point prior to the packaging of the nasty cookie dough at the Nestle plant. Nestle failed to provide for the safety of its customers.
In addition, there are reports in the news that another strain of E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from an opened package of Nestle cookie dough found in a victim’s home. This strain was also not the outbreak strain.
Finally, we have the outbreak E. coli strain, which linked the approximately 72 E. coli victims in 30 states to the Nestle cookie dough. An epidemiologic investigation, demonstrated a strong association between E. coli infection and eating Nestle cookie dough. In other words, most of the E. coli outbreak victims had eaten Nestle cookie dough just prior to becoming ill.
The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting individuals who believe they were injured in the recent Nestle cookie dough E. coli outbreak and JBS Swift beef E. coli outbreak. We are ready to help you. If you have been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, please submit a Free Legal Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.
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