United Food Group E. coli Outbreak LawsuitsIn June of 2007, United Food Group, LLC (UFG) recalled 5.7 million pounds of ground beef products after a joint investigation into an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak by Colorado and California health officials in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led to the conclusion that UFG ground beef was the source of the outbreak.
The California Department of Health Services, Colorado Department of Health, and CDC reported 14 illnesses associated with the outbreak: 6 in Arizona, 3 in California, 2 in Colorado, 1 in Idaho, 1 in Utah, and 1 in Wyoming.
Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm with a national reputation for successfully representing E. coli victims, filed a lawsuit against United Food Group (UFG) on June 14, 2007 on behalf of a four-year-old California child who became ill with E. coli and hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating UFG ground beef. The firm represented children from several other families involved in the outbreak as well. In total, Marler Clark represented nine people who were sickened. All of the claims have been resolved.
Read more about the United Food Group E. coli Outbreak at the Marler Clark-sponsored Web site about E. coli.