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And the litigation begins

June 25, 2009

Lawsuits against Nestlé USA filed in California and Colorado

Two lawsuits have been filed against Nestlé USA after people were sickened with E. coli O157:H7, believed to be linked to the company’s popular Toll House cookie dough.

Jillian Collins, an 18-year-old San Carlos, Calif., resident and Madison Sedbrook, 6, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., were both hospitalized after becoming gravely ill with E. coli contamination. The families of both victims believe their illnesses stem from eating raw Nestlé Toll House cookie dough. In each case, the genetic fingerprint of their tests matched that of the outbreak strain which has infected at least 70 people across the country. Both cases are being handled by Marler TollhousecookiesClark law firm of Seattle, which specializes in food-borne illnesses.

Collins, who filed the first lawsuit against Nestlé over the weekend, was hospitalized for a week at Stanford Medical Center after eating raw cookie dough on May 20 and 22. On May 25, she became painfully ill and suffered “abdominal cramps, nausea and bloody diarrhea” according to San Francisco Chronicle.

Sedbrook, who will begin first grade in the fall, suffered an even more dramatic bout with the pathogen.

“Madison was on the verge of kidney failure last month when doctors determined E. coli bacteria were the cause of her bloody diarrhea and vomiting,” Denver Post reported today. “The little girl’s blood had begun to clump, making it nearly impossible for her kidneys to function…”

“Not knowing the source of her illness, she continued to eat Nestlé cookie dough, and by the first week of May, she had abdominal cramps, fever, and bloody diarrhea,” Marler Clark attorney Bill Marler wrote in Marler Blog. “Over the next several weeks, the family sought medical care several times for Madison’s illness, which deepened in severity.  She was admitted to the hospital and then released before being rushed back and admitted to pediatric intensive care.”

Both Collins and Sedbrook eventually recovered, and both were able to attend school commencement ceremonies after their release from hospital.

Nestlé, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control, is investigating whether their product is the source of the contamination, and just how E. coli may have ended up in their product. They issued a full recall of 300,000 cases of the cookie dough immediately after being notified by the FDA of the possible link to their company, and have closed their production facility in Virginia while the investigation continues.

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Your Recall Hit Parade

June 20, 2009

Nestle recalls  Toll House cookie dough

Twenty-five people have been hospitalized in an outbreak the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control believe is related to E. coli contamination of Nestle Toll House cook dough. Seven of tTollhousecookieshose hospitalized suffered a condition known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which can cause kidney failure. Sixty-six people in all have been made ill since March, according to Marler Blog. The illnesses span 28 states.

Today, Nestle USA recalled 48 products in its prepared cookie dough line.

“No other Nestlé Toll House products are impacted,” Nestle said in a release, ”including already baked Toll House cookies purchased outside the home, all varieties of Nestlé Toll House morsels, chocolate baking bars, or cocoa, and Dreyer’s and Edy’s ice cream products with Nestlé Toll House cookie dough ingredients.”

Remember the warning about not eating raw cookie dough because it might make you sick? Typically, that concern is linked to eating raw eggs which, in the past 25 years or so, have been a source – albeit a rare one – for Salmonella. This outbreak is being caused by E. coli 0157:H7, which is linked to bacteria living in the guts of ruminant animals such as cattle. While these bacteria don’t sicken animals, they can be very serious for humans.

“Infections start when you swallow STEC—in other words, when you get tiny (usually invisible) amounts of human or animal feces in your mouth,” according to the CDC. “Unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to think about.”  Indeed.

So far, neither the FDA, nor the CDC, has pinpointed the source of the contamination. Additional information


Knorr Kosher Soup

Unilever United States, Inc. is recalling Knorr Kosher Soup Mix – Chicken Vegetable Flavor with Pasta because it may contain eggs, an undeclared ingredient. People with allergies to eggs could suffer a serious reaction to its presence in food. There have been no reported illnesses as a result. Additional information

Iced tea may contain milk

Another possible allergen has been discovered in iced tea distributed in Ohio. Smith’s Dairy Products Co. has recalled its 1-gallon containers of Smith’s Tea with Lemon because they may contain milk which is not listed among its ingredients. Additional information

Listeria found in fresh cheese

A Michigan company is recalling all lots of its fresh, Mexican-style cheeses because of possible Listeria contamination. Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese is recalling its Aguas Calientes brands of fresh cheeses after the FDA found a sample of queso fresco to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes on May 26. Additional information

House-madcioppinoe cioppino recalled

Sea Harvest Fish Market and Restaurant of Carmel, Calif., is recalling its house-made cioppino sauce, distributed in Ball wide-mouth jars. The sauce, made available to customers upon request, may be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, better known as botulism. Additional information

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Recall Friday

November 21, 2008

The Food Safety and Inspection Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, or the Food and Drug Administration, has issued the following recall(s) over the past week:

Nov. 17, 2008 – Nestlé Prepared Foods Company of Springfield, Utah, is recalling approximately 879,565 pounds of frozen chicken meals that may contain foreign materials. The problem was discovered after the company received consumer complaints and a report of one injury. The company identified the objects as small pieces of hard plastic. (More information)

Nov. 20, 2008 – PANOS brands, of Saddle Brook, N.J., is recalling Vegan Rella Cheddar Block, (a cheese substitute) with a sell-by date of 12/09/2008. This product is being recalled because it may possibly contain an undeclared milk protein. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No other lot or variety of Vegan is involved. (More information)

Nov. 20, 2008 – Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of 24 oz. Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce with a use-by- date of 11/26/08, UPC 77890 79010. The product is being recalled because the package may actually contain a milk ingredient which is not declared on the label. The recall of this product is of concern only to those individuals who have an allergy to milk. Consumption may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction in persons with an allergy to milk. No other code dates are affected by this recall. (More information)

Nov. 14, 2008Seattle’s Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Co. of Tukwila, Wash., is recalling Orange Cranberry and Banana Nut Muffin Tops because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Orange Cranberry and Banana Nut Muffin Tops were distributed nationwide to coffee shops, espresso stands, and retail outlets. (More information)