Kentucky woman claims E. coli-infected beef gave her kidney failure as she sues a top meat producer amid nationwide recall of tainted patties
- Melissa Carmicle, of Laurel County near Tennessee, is suing K2D, a meat producer
- K2D recalled 113,000 pounds of beef earlier this week over E. coli concerns
- E. coli-infected beef has sickened 156 Americans across the US
A Kentucky woman is suing a ground beef producer claiming their meat left her with kidney failure.
Melissa Carmicle, of Laurel County, near the Tennesee border, was hospitalized in early March with an E. coli infection after eating beef, USA Today reports.
Despite being discharged after three days, she started having seizures and was readmitted, then diagnosed with failing kidneys.
The beef Carmicle ate before falling ill was made by K2D, a company that has recalled 113,000 pounds of beef that could be contaminated with E. coli.
Melissa Carmicle, of Laurel County, near the Tennesee border, was hospitalized in early March with an E. coli infection after eating beef bought from K2D, which has recalled infected meat
Carmicle is seeking $75,000 in damages, USA Today reports.
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure.
Tainted ground beef, in homes and in restaurants, has been sickening Americans since the beginning of March, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.
At least 156 people have fallen sick across the US.
No deaths have been reported but 20 people have been hospitalized after they were infected with the strain E. coli O103 since March 1, the CDC said on its website.
The agency said an investigation is ongoing to determine the source of the contaminated ground beef that was supplied to grocery stores and restaurants.
‘At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified,’ the CDC said.