Outbreak of E. coli killer in Edmonton: $16M class action certified

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ÉDeadly E. coli Outbreak in Edmonton: $16M Class Action Certified

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Alberta Health Services and Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigations implicate The Meat Shop at Pine Haven as the main source of the outbreak of E. coli at the heart of this collective action.

A $16 million class action lawsuit related to an outbreak of E. coli murder in Edmonton that took place in 2018, was authorized on Friday by a judge. The lawsuit alleges that a Hutterite colony in central Alberta sold tainted pork.

Class action seeks compensation for those affected by purchase or the consumption of contaminated pork products sold by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven, a meat packing and selling business in Pine Haven Hutterite Colony.

The co-plaintiffs in this class action claim that the company and its operators, Pine Haven Hutterite Colony and Pine Haven Hutterite Fellowship Church, failed to prevent and contain the outbreak.

< p class="e-p">The outbreak of E. coli infections led to the death of one person, and 42 others became ill in the spring of 2018. These cases were linked to pork products contaminated with the O157:H7 strain, which can cause kidney failure in particular.

Fourteen patients had to be hospitalized and five people developed a serious kidney problem called haemolytic-uremic syndrome.

About half of the cases relate to people who ate at the Filipino restaurant Mama Nita's, located in southeast Edmonton. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has found a link between pork products and The Meat Shop at Pine Haven.

Mama Nita's establishment has since closed its doors.

Defendants owe a duty of care to Plaintiff and other class members to ensure that its products are safe for consumption and that ingestion of these products does not cause illness or injury, Plaintiffs assert in their application. initiating suit.

The approximately 45 plaintiffs in the class action seek compensation for the physical injuries, medical costs, loss of income and mental suffering incurred. The suit is also seeking refunds on behalf of consumers who purchased the recalled meat.

Plaintiffs are seeking $15 million in damages and $1 million in special damages.< /p>

The lawsuit also wants a statement that the recalled pork, sold by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven, was contaminated and that the defendants were negligent in its manufacture, processing and processing. packaging.

The Edmonton lawyer who represents these plaintiffs, Rick Mallett, thinks it will be two years before this case goes to court.

None of these allegations have been proven in court.

The Meat Shop at Pine Haven denies the allegations listed in the lawsuit. The company has initiated third party proceedings against Mama Nita's, alleging that the restaurant should be held responsible for the outbreak.

Mama Nita's, for her part, denies these allegations and denies any responsibility. In its defense, the restaurant says The Meat Shop at Pine Haven failed to adequately inspect its pork. The restaurant also denies the medical damage suffered by the plaintiffs.

An Alberta Health Services investigation found 22 lab-confirmed cases linked to the restaurant. According to provincial agency investigators, 35 of the 43 people infected had direct or indirect exposure to food from an establishment that purchased pork from The Meat Shop at Pine Haven.

A summary of the investigation conducted by Alberta Health Services, and obtained by the complainants, highlights concerns surrounding the sanitation of the restaurant and butchery.

Investigators found sanitary and refrigeration problems at Mama Nita's, and an infestation of mice.

Inspectors also noted three things of concern at the Hutterite colony: a lack of ;archiving; improper handling of ready-to-eat products and improper slaughter procedures.

Infections began in the Edmonton area in March 2018. Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency began their investigation at the same time. They found The Meat Shop at Pine Haven to be the primary source of the outbreak.

With information from Wallis Snowdon

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