Victim of E. Coli outbreak sues restaurant
Another victim of E.Coli on lettuce outbreak surfaced as Kennesaw father has filed a lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse, claiming his daughters were served a contaminated Caesar salad.
The complainant, William LoPresti, and his daughters, ages 3 and 12, dined at the Texas RoadHouse two days before Center for Disease Control (CDC) initially announced the multistate outbreak of E. Coli virus on Romaine lettuce in April 10.
Five days after that, he rushed his younger daughter to the WellStar Pediatric Center, and she was transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite. The three-year-old was hospitalized for five days.
Meanwhile, LoPresti’s older daughter, who is 12, required medical attention at WellStar Pediatric Professionals. The girls tested positive for E. coli, and there was a genetic match to the outbreak strain, LoPresti shared with The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A spokesperson from Texas Roadhouse denied the connection between the food they served and the girls getting sick, claiming “the restaurant chain does not even serve bagged, chopped romaine, which has been associated with the E. coli outbreak.”
The CDC has confirmed cases from the E. coli outbreak in 32 states, most heavily in California and Pennsylvania. As of Tuesday, 172 people in 32 states had fallen victim in the outbreak, including four people in Georgia. There has also been one report of death related to the outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration is still investigating the matter but assured the public that the outbreak is over as that batch has probably wilted out. “Consumers can be confident that romaine currently available for purchase is not part of this outbreak investigation.”, the agency said.