A woman from St. Charles County is seeking damages from Schnucks and three companies in its supply chain after suffering kidney failure and long-term health problems from an E. coli bacterial infection linked to romaine lettuce sold at the Arsenal Street store in St. Louis, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in St. Louis circuit court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Romaine lettuce from salad bars at nine Schnucks locations was the most common denominator in an E. coli outbreak in the fall of 2011 that sickened 60 people in 10 states. The contamination probably occurred at a farm before the lettuce reached the stores, according to a federal health investigation.
The plaintiff, Lisa Bryant, spent a week in the hospital and required blood transfusions while being treated for the illness after eating the lettuce in October 2011. She has accrued more than $85,000 in medical bills, according to her attorney, Bill Marler of Seattle.
About a dozen lawsuits related to the outbreak have been filed against Schnucks. Lori Willis, a spokeswoman for Schnucks, said, “It is our position that Schnucks holds no liability on this matter, and we intend to aggressively defend that position in court.”