South Shore Meats E. coli Outbreak at Camp Bournedale E. coli Outbreak LawsuitsMarler Clark filed a lawsuit against Crocetti’s Oakdale Packing, Inc., doing business as South Shore Meats Inc. on November 3, 2009. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eleven-year-old Austin Richmond, a Lincoln, Rhode Island, resident who became ill with an E. coli infection on October 17, one day after returning from a class trip to Camp Bournedale, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. According to the complaint filed by his mother, Austin consumed a hamburger made from ground beef produced by South Shore Meats, Inc. while at Camp Bournedale. He received medical treatment three separate times before being admitted to the hospital for further care on October 29-30.
Austin tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 infection and is still recovering from his injuries.
Austin was one of at least 20 Lincoln Middle School students and chaperones who attended Camp Bournedale and became ill with symptoms of E. coli infection. Austin and at least one other student were hospitalized due to the severity of their E. coli infections.
The law firm filed a second E. coli lawsuit against Crocetti’s Oakdale Packing, Inc. on November 13, 2009. The second lawsuit was filed on behalf of an 11-year-old middle-schooler from Lincoln who also attended Camp Bournedale in Plymouth. She was hospitalized for four days after becoming ill with an E. coli infection that was linked to the consumption of an E. coli-contaminated hamburger produced by South Shore Meats.
South Shore Meats, Inc. recalled 1,039 pounds of fresh ground beef patties derived from bench trim and mechanically tenderized beef cuts on October 26, 2009 after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 in the meat during an epidemiological investigation into an E. coli outbreak. MDPH, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were conducting a joint investigation into an E. coli outbreak when the meat tested positive.
Marler Clark represented 3 people sickened in the South Shore Meats E. coli outbreak.