What Do I Do If I Ate Meat Contaminated With E. Coli?
Contaminated meat from Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit could put many local residents at risk for severe and permanent kidney damage, after reports of an E. coli outbreak have spread throughout Lucas County and the surrounding areas.
Any time it is suspected that a person may have ingested meat contaminated with E. coli, it is imperative to follow these important steps:
1. Seek immediate medical attention.
2. Inform your healthcare provider about what you ate and where you ate it.
3. Save any and all receipts from the restaurant where you ate the meat, or from the store where you purchased the meat.
4. Notify your local Health Department, so they can track the number of cases and make connections between others affected by the bad meat.
5. Learn your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills or time missed from work due to sickness related to the E. coli outbreak, which is why it is imperative to contact an attorney before accepting any type of settlement offer.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s health commissioner, Dr. David Grossman, warned during a recent news conference that “this bacteria is particularly dangerous” and that it “causes severe kidney disease in kids.”
The strain of E. coli that has affected at least three people in Lucas County is known as hemolytic-uremic syndrome and has the potential to destroy red blood cells. Adults not treated early enough run the risk of needing kidney dialysis for the rest of their lives, according to Dr. Grossman.
While officials do know that the source of the contaminated meat is Wolverine Packing Co., they are not releasing the names of the restaurants in Lucas County that sold menu items and infected patrons with the E. coli strain.
The company has since recalled 1.8 million pounds of beef that was supplied to stores and restaurants in Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Missouri, and was produced between March 31st and April 18th.