Topps Hamburger Meat Prompts Family Suit

Topps Hamburger Meat Prompts Family Suit

A family living in New York has filed a lawsuit against Topps Meat Company after two family members became ill from tainted hamburger meat.

The family claims that Topps knew of the tainted meat they were distributing but continued to sell it and as a result put customers in danger of health problems.

Mother and Son Hospitalized

Kirsten Goodwin and one of her eight-year-old twin sons became ill after eating bad hamburger meat at a family picnic.

Although Kristin was released from the hospital after a couple of days, her son wasn’t so lucky and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, kidney failure, and had to stay for an additional eight days.

According to the child’s father, Keith Goodwin, the boy had to undergo surgery, dialysis, and a blood transfusion.

“It would be traumatic for anyone,” explained Keith, “let alone an eight-year-old child.

Groton Family Lawsuit

Kirsten and her husband filed a lawsuit against Topps claiming that the company had knowledge of E. coli infecting the meat seven days before the mother and son became sick.

However, they failed to recall the meat until it was too late.

“We are asking for punitive damages because had the company acted responsibly and recalled its products the day they discovered the E. coli contamination, Kristin and her son’s infections could have been prevented,” stated the family’s attorney, William Marler.

Late Recall

Topps Meat finally recalled the tainted meat following 25 additional reports of consumers becoming sick.

Between September 2006 and September 2007, the meat company reportedly recalled 21.7 million pounds of frozen beef.

(Source: The Ithaca Journal)

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