ST. LOUIS — A lawsuit has been filed against grocery chain Schnucks Supermarkets and Oklahoma-based romaine lettuce distributor Vaughan Foods on behalf of a St. Louis man who was hospitalized with E. coli O157:H7, according to a press release.
According to a complaint filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court, 61-year-old Charles Meyer ate romaine lettuce from a Cool Valley, Mo., Schnucks location on several occasions prior to Oct. 24, 2011 when he began experiencing painful gastrointestinal symptoms indicative of an E. coli infection including bloody diarrhea.
The symptoms persisted and Meyer visited the doctor’s office on Oct. 26 where he was diagnosed with food poisoning and sent to the emergency room for treatment.
“All parties of the food supply chain have a public duty to provide only food that is safe to eat and free of foodborne pathogens like E. coli. No exceptions,” said Marler Clark Managing Partner William Marler, who filed the lawsuit. “We think it is only right that those responsible for an outbreak take care of those affected by it.”