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Products liability claims may follow E.coli outbreak

Flour produced by Ardent Mills along with multiple related products have been linked to the E.coli outbreak that infected 30 people across Canada between last November and March of this year. Although no new cases of E.coli have been reported since April, more products are recalled as health inspectors continue to identify potential hazards. Anybody who suffered adverse health after consuming dangerous food products may have grounds to file a products liability lawsuit.

People in six provinces, including Ontario, became infected, and more may follow as the 17th recall was recently announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency -- also connected to E.coli bacteria. According to a release issued by Health Canada, any raw flour, dough or batter can be unsafe, even to taste. The agency warned that contaminated food would not be identifiable by look, taste or smell.

Although any person is susceptible, individuals with compromised immune systems, young children and older adults will be more vulnerable and may show severe symptoms. These may include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, dehydration and diarrhoea. In severe cases, it can cause kidney failure and even death.

Victims of this dangerous bacterial infection may be entitled to seek financial relief for medical and other related expenses by filing products liability claims in an Ontario civil court. Proving the origin of the illness, and linking it to a particular product may be challenging. However, help is available from experienced personal injury lawyers who deal with products liability claims on a frequent basis. A lawyer can also help to allocate a monetary amount to a documented claim, and identify all potential sources of liability to name as defendants in the lawsuit.

Source: Toronto Sun, "More flour recalls as E. coli outbreak appears to end", John Cotter, June 27, 2017

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