Flanders E. coli Outbreak LitigationIn August and September of 2005, public health officials determined that at least three Coloradoans, including two small children, and residents of several other states had become ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Flanders brand ground beef patties.
The USDA issued a notice saying that approximately 900,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties manufactured by Flanders Provision Company was being recalled because of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The Class I recall described the meat as being produced on various dates from February 21, 2006 to March 10, 2005. It had been distributed nationwide at the retail level, sold at Wal-Mart, and other retail centers. Several weeks later, the recall was expanded to include an additional 184,000 pounds of Flanders Provision Company ground beef patties produced on June 25, 2005.
A CDPHE epidemiologist stated, “. . . from our epidemiological standpoint there is little doubt that they were exposed to this contaminated ground beef.” The “contaminated ground beef” referenced was Flanders Provision Incorporated-produced product.
The E. coli lawyers at Marler Clark represented two brothers who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 and hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating E. coli-contaminated hamburgers, produced by Flanders, at a picnic. The cases were successfully resolved in early 2007.