Pure Eire Dairy has been closed in Washington. Officials from the state have linked the dairy to an E. Coli outbreak that began in May.
As June 24, there were 17 confirmed cases in the outbreak. Ten patients are younger that 10. Ten of the 17 victims had so severe symptoms that they were admitted to hospital. Washington’s health department has not made public the ages of those admitted to hospitals.
Four of the 17 patients infected with the virus have suffered from hemolytic uremic disorder (HUS), which can lead to kidney failure and even death. Three of the victims are from Arizona, and they may have been infected by people visiting Washington.
Most of the people who were sick reported that they had eaten organic yogurt made from Pure Eire Dairy, Othello WA. Both Pure Eire brand yogurt and PCC brand yogurt were recalled.
In a Facebook statement, the dairy owners thanked their supporters and stated that they would be selling the cows. Here is the entire statement.
” As you probably know, our family decided to start a new era and closed our dairy.
” We are so grateful to have the opportunity to pursue our dreams and build a business that is based on our beliefs. As we were sorting cows, this week’s experience was a true testimony to our practices. We are proud that we have a number of lovely cows who are 18 old and have been with us throughout this journey. They will stay with us, and they’ll enjoy a retirement filled with lush pastures. We were able to spend so many years loving on these girls because of our special practices.
” We were not stopped by any state agency, and we never had any issues with the dairy. We decided to concentrate on our family. Many of you knew our children when they were toddlers. Now, they are in high school and college. It’s incredible how fast time goes!
” We couldn’t be happier with the support we have received over the years. We could only milk the way that we did because of you all. We are so grateful for your kind words of encouragement and support. We would like to thank everyone who donated and to let you know that the funds will be used to support our incredible employees in their transition.
” I’ll continue to post information (such cows we have) during this transition. We are grateful for all your support throughout the years, and as our family moves onto new ventures. You never know what the future holds
The state continues its investigation.
A civil lawsuit was filed by parents of two children aged 3 and 1. The complaint states that one child developed HUS and the other required hospitalization. According to the legal complaint, both children consumed some of the yogurt implicated before they became ill with the E.coli outbreak strain. According to the lawsuit, their futures remain uncertain and they are still recovering.
The Superior Court of Washington has filed a lawsuit claiming that the PCC brand of yogurt from Pure Eire Dairy had E.coli contamination when it left the dairy. The complaint claims that the dairy owners failed to warn consumers about the dangers of selling the yogurt.
” The minor plaintiffs belong to the class of persons that are intended to be protected under these statutes, regulations and the minor plaintiffs were hurt as the direct and immediate result of the defendant’s violation of applicable federal state and local food safety regulations,” stated the legal complaint.
Parents of a minor child have filed a civil suit in the Superior Court of Washington. The yogurt was consumed by the child before she became ill. HUS was diagnosed in the child after she was admitted to hospital. Her recovery continues with uncertain future.
The second lawsuit alleges negligence by the dairy owners.
” The defendant was required to produce and sell food products from reliable sources that are clean, wholesome and free from any form of adulteration. However, the defendant failed to comply with that duty and, therefore, the lawsuit.
“. . . The plaintiff suffered minor injuries that were proximately and immediately resulting from the defendant’s breaching of implied and express warranties. Plaintiffs can therefore recover all actual, consequential and incidental damages that result directly and in a foreseeable manner from these breaches .”
Both suits ask the court for “such other and further relief it deems necessary, appropriate in the circumstances .”
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