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The Columbus Dispatch reports that an Ohio woman who says she was sickened after buying and consuming E. coli-contaminated meat from a Kroger store, has filed a lawsuit against the retailer.

According to the paper, 26-year-old Amanda Adam bought the meat on June 4 at a Dublin, Ohio, Kroger store, consumed it the same day, and fell ill four days later. Adams reportedly had to be hospitalized for two days and tested positive for E. coli.

As noted by the paper, “E. coli contamination has forced the recall of more than 34 million pounds of beef since 2007 from several companies and restaurants,” and in this case, by June 20 officials in Ohio and Michigan “linked nearly 30 Ohio and Michigan cases to beef sold at Kroger stores, according to the complaint. Kroger initiated a voluntary recall five days later on all beef products that carried its label and were sold between May 21 and June 8.”

The law firm representing Adams, Seattle-based Marler Clark, is described as often representing victims of foodborne illnesses. The firm, according to the Dispatch, “alleges that Kroger has had to recall beef products five times over the past seven years. The complaint seeks unspecified damages but says that Adam has had about $10,000 in medical bills.”

KC's View:
This going to get ugly, and one thing is certain. The lawyers are likely to get rich, and consumer confidence in the food supply is going to get poorer.