Eat Out, Get eColi and Die; $13.5M settlement in girl’s E. coli-related death

MILWAUKEE – Eight years after a 3-year-old girl died from exposure to tainted meat at a Sizzler restaurant, her family reached a $13.5 million settlement with the company’s meat supplier and others, according to court records.

How much is a life worth?

The settlement is among the largest in the nation involving a food-borne illness, according to William Cannon, a lawyer for the family.

Brianna Kriefall and her family had eaten at a Sizzler in South Milwaukee in July 2000. While Brianna didn’t eat meat during the meal, lawyers argued that the watermelon she ate had touched tainted meat.

She died a week later after battling E. coli-related hemolytic uremic syndrome, which causes kidney failure and low blood-cell counts. Another 140 people fell sick in the outbreak at two Sizzler restaurants.

The court records in the Kriefall case were filed Friday, but the case remains far from over. The national Sizzler chain, its local franchise and an insurance company are suing Excel Corp., the subsidiary of food giant Cargill Inc. that produced the meat.

A telephone message left with Excel Corp. on Saturday afternoon was not immediately returned.

The Kriefalls’ case had been dismissed in 2004 by a different Milwaukee County Circuit judge after Excel lawyers argued the company was exempt from state lawsuits because it had followed federal regulations in handling the beef sold to Sizzler.

An appeals court reversed the dismissal, saying the legal action fit within the federal goal of making food safer for consumers. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Excel’s appeal.

Until recently, Excel denied its meat was the source of the outbreak.

But genetic testing showed the microbes that made the restaurant patrons sick matched microbes contained in an unopened package of its meat.

Because Brianna got sick not from eating the meat but from eating fruit that apparently touched it, Excel had argued the restaurant was negligent in training and supervising employees in the safe handling of meat.

The Kriefall family settlement includes $8.5 million from Excel and $2 million from E&B Management Co. of Waukesha, the franchise holder for the two restaurants that have since closed. The $2 million was paid by Excel after E&B argued it was responsible for E&B’s damages.

Brianna is survived by her father, Doug, and three brothers. Her mother, Connie, died in 2006.

“My only regret is that Connie Kriefall died without knowing about this,” Cannon, the family’s lawyer, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This case is a study in perseverance and conviction that we were right

The information is based on published and publicly available information. Results depend on the facts of each case.

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This is Why Family and Friends Are Dying From eColi – A MUST Read

What is E. coli and Why Does it Matter?

eColi food poisoning in children can be fatal

You can’t hardly turn on the news and not see something about another outbreak of E. coli. Outbreaks happen all the time. But there’s more to that story.

Here we sit all comfortable thinking that the most recent outbreak has no chance of effecting you and me when reality is that E. coli is all over our food and we can’t do much to avoid it.

Millions of people in the USA get some form of eColi (food poisoning) every year.

E. coli is rampant throughout our food supply

I remember when my grandson got food poisoning while on a fishing trip; poor fella was “going” at both ends. I gave him 10 drops of NutraSilver and within an hour he was asking for pizza! Seriously!

And what did you do to get eColi?

All you did was go out to a restaurant with your family and have a nice meal. A few hours later all of you began to have diarrhea and began to vomit. This kind of food poisoning can be fatal.

You go to the emergency room at your local hospital and they determined that you have contracted E. coli, caused by a bacterium that is normally found in the lower intestine that was mistakenly in your meal.

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Confirmed; eColi is in our beef, chicken and pork products

Food-borne illness involving eColi is transmitted by consuming or coming in contact with infected meat, poultry or pork products. It can also be passed by fecal residues on vegetables and from infected individuals that do not properly wash their hands before preparing food. Somehow, animal “poop” got into your meal.

One severe complication associated with E. coli infection is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The infection produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells, causing kidney injury. HUS can require intensive care, kidney dialysis, and transfusions.

Our CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food-borne diseases like E. coli.

Most outbreaks in the United States have been associated with animal fecal matter or raw or undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized juice and leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, etc.).

Each year in the United States, E. coli infections cause approximately 265,000 illnesses. Approximately 40 percent of these infections are caused by the strain E. coli O157:H7, a strain that is part of the shiga toxin-producing group of E. coli bacteria (STEC). The other 60 percent of E. coli cases are caused by non-0157:H7 shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).

Good hygiene, especially frequent and thorough hand washing, is important to prevent the spread of the disease, particularly after using the rest room, after changing diapers, after touching animals and before eating, drinking or preparing food.

Any child with diarrhea or bloody diarrhea may have E.coli infection. Since STEC can be easily transmitted, parents should not send sick children to day care or to school. Day care centers and schools should send sick children home to avoid person-to-person spread, especially among diapered children.

E. Coli That Cause Urinary Tract Infections are Now Resistant to Antibiotics

eColi bacteria

Thanks to antibiotics, we tend to think of urinary tract infections as no big deal. Pop some cipro, and you’re done. A good thing, too—if the E. coli that usually cause UTIs crawl up the urinary tract, they can cause kidney failure and fatal blood poisoning.

But antibiotics may not be saving us from UTIs for very much longer.

Scientists tracking UTIs from 2000 to 2010 found a dramatic uptick in cases caused by E. coli that do not respond to the drugs that are our first line of defense. In examining more than 12 million urine analyses from that period, they found that cases caused by E. coli resistant to ciprofloxacin grew five-fold, from 3% to 17.1% of cases. And E. coli resistant to the drug trimethoprim-sulfame-thoxazole jumped from 17.9% to 24.2%. These are two of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics used to treat UTIs. When they are not effective, doctors must turn to more toxic drugs, and the more those drugs are used, the less effective they in turn become. When those drugs stop working, doctors will be left with a drastically reduced toolkit with which to fight infection. But you have access to NutraSilver, a natural mineral, that is proven to kill eColi in FDA-certified dependent lab tests.

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In FDA/ISO-certified in-vitro lab tests, NutraSilver decimated a colony of 8.2 billion cells of eColi in 30 minutes, killing 99.999%.  Dr. Micheal Sinclair, CEO of MicroCheck labs, stated “The NutraSilver product at 3 drops in one liter of water is extremely effective against these water-borne bacterial pathogens killing 99.999% of the organisms after only 30 minutes of contact time.”

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