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West Coast Customers Sue Trader Joe’s In E. coli Case

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(CBS Seattle)– Six people from the West Coast, including one Seattle woman, are suing retailer Trader Joe’s after they became infected with E. coli. The plaintiffs claim they contracted the virus after consuming the store’s prepackaged salads.

According to KIRO 4, a Seattle woman became sick after eating the Mexicali salad, which she purchased at a Trader Joe’s in the Queen Anne neighborhood. The woman told KIRO that after consuming the salad, she experienced excruciating pain, suffered from internal bleeding for five days and was hospitalized for three days.

The Queen Anne woman’s case is not the only reported incident on the West Coast. Glass Onion Catering — a company that also makes salads for Trader Joe’s — was tied to 33 E. coli infections in Washington State and California. The Oregonian reports that one person in California suffered kidney failure as a result of the virus.

The Mexicali salad was recalled from Washington state Trader Joe’s locations.

The Centers for Disease Control declared the outbreak over in December of 2013, according to the Oregonian.

Representatives from Trader Joe’s and Glass Onion Catering have declined to issue comments on the accusations.

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