Kentuckian files lawsuit as part of E. coli outbreak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Laurel County woman is the first to file a lawsuit after an E. coli outbreak in at least ten states at the end of March, USA Today reports.

Melissa Carmicle is suing K2D Foods/Colorado Premium Foods. According to USA Today, Carmicle says she became sick after eating the company’s E. coli-tainted beef.

The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky says her kidneys started failing at the hospital.

She stayed for three days, but started having seizures after she went home and returned to the hospital.

The suit says K2D is liable for selling the defective ground beef and for not properly testing its product for E. coli. Carmicle is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Tuesday, K2D recalled about 113,424 pounds of ground beef that could be contaminated. Then, Grant Park Packing of Illinois recalled about 53,200 pounds over concerns it could be contaminated with the same strain of E. coli.

According to USA Today, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is doing analysis to determine whether the outbreak is connected to this ground beef.

Of the ten states that have reported cases, Kentucky is reporting the most with 65 cases.

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