Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer who represents three sick children during the latest outbreak of E. coli, wrote in the “Food Poison Journal” that it could be linked to a dairy company in Washington state. He said there were at least 11 cases statewide, including patients in King, Snohomish and Walla Walla counties.
On Friday evening, KIRO 7 learned that Pure Eire Dairy announced that it is voluntarily recalling all of its yogurt products due to possible E. coli contamination.
The company said it was contacted by the Washington State Department of Health because there could be a possible link between its Pure Eire and PCC brands and possible E. coli contamination.
âWe are awaiting further information on the tests. However, as a precaution, we are voluntarily recalling all of our yogurt products and are stopping yogurt production until further investigations are conducted, âa company spokesperson said.
Retailers who sell the products are urged to remove the company’s yogurt from their inventory and stop sales.
Customers who have yogurt on hand are advised to stop using it.
According to Pure Eire Dairy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture took 12 random yogurt samples from various store shelves and all of them came back negative for E. coli. However, the dairy company is still awaiting further investigation.
At first, KIRO 7 reported that the Marler said the outbreak could be linked to organic strawberries and organic milk.
âWhat I’ve found so far is that there appears to be a connection between organic dairy and organic strawberries,â Marler said. “It might not be what it is in the end, but when you have basically 25% of people sick, it starts to make me fear that we are getting closer.”
Marler said he was convinced local and state health departments were close to identifying the source. They interview the parents of the victims, examine grocery store receipts, credit card records, work to find out where the parents were and what they bought before their children got sick.
In the meantime, he urges parents to wash fresh produce thoroughly and perhaps not even give it to young children until the source of E. coli be discovered.
âI don’t think it’s a problem right now for the very young and the very old to avoid fruits and vegetables for a week or so,â Marler said.
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